How to Reduce Packet Loss in Valorant


How to Reduce Packet Loss in Valorant?

Abhimannu Das
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Packet loss in Valorant can be difficult to resolve as it is often caused due to ISP or routing issues.
Moving from WiFi to LAN connectivity is one of the best ways to reduce packet loss if you are on a wireless connection.
In rare cases, the servers can act up and cause packet loss for players.

Packet Loss in Valorant has to do with how internet traffic travels from your box to the data center and back to you. In the beginning, your network traffic is on your internet service provider (ISP) network. Your ISP may be having an outage where your information, along with other players’ information, is being lost/dropped. This results in the game client not knowing what is happening with the players around you or the game server not knowing that you want to shoot your gun or move in a certain direction.

There’s also the connection between your ISP’s network and the Datacenter network. Problems can pop up anywhere along this line. A lot of the time, peering problems result when a connection between two networks has a weak link. In some cases, it is impossible to solve packet loss unless your ISP resolves the issues at their end. Here are a few solutions that may help reduce or fix packet loss issues in Valorant.

Fixing Packet Loss in Valorant

If you are facing packet loss in Valorant, here are a few solutions that you can try.

Check your internet connection: The first thing you should do is check if you are facing packet loss in general, or if the issue is restricted to Valorant. You can use websites like Packet Loss Test and do a quick check using the default settings. If you notice any loss, it means something is up with your internet connection or hardware.

Restart your router: You should restart your router and your modem too if applicable. It is one of the simplest solutions and it can often address the issue. We often leave our routers on for months and a quick restart can potentially fix packet loss problems in Valorant.

Use a LAN cable: If you are on a Wi-Fi connection, we recommend changing to a LAN cable instead. It should lead to better latency and resolve any minor packet loss issues.

Update your network drivers: Windows automatically keeps your network drivers up to date. Performing a Windows update should update your network drivers to the latest version and it might resolve the issue.

Check for faulty hardware: In some cases, you may be getting packet loss in Valorant due to faulty hardware. Your LAN cable might be acting up or your router may be facing issues. Do a quick check on all of your hardware and consider resetting your router to see if the issues persist.

Contact your ISP: If you continue to face packet loss in Valorant, you should contact your internet service provider and seek assistance. A lot of the time, there are issues at the ISP’s end, and explaining the issue to them should help resolve the issue.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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