Have you ever been in a situation while playing Valorant where you die out of no reason without even hearing a shot? It’s not hackers or cheaters that kill you; it is probably the packet loss you face.
Packet loss puts you at a great disadvantage while playing Valorant and other online competitive games.
But how do you solve packet loss in Valorant? Let’s find out below.
Packet Loss in Valorant – Fixes
Although packet loss gives you a major issue while gaming, it has easy fixes that you can try before you complain to your ISP. We can look at the following causes and then the solutions to fix packet loss in Valorant:
- Unstable server
- Wireless Network
- Poor Internet Connection
- Outdated Windows and Graphics driver
- Background applications taking up bandwidth
- Network Congestion
Check if It Is a Server Issue
Before you start cursing your internet, it might be best to check if the Valorant servers are running smoothly.
You can go to the Riot Server Status status to see if the server is up and running or undergoing maintenance. Additionally, you can also check for updates on Valorant through their official Twitter handle.
Before looking at major fixes, you can go for quick fixes, such as restarting your router and PC to tackle the slow and unstable connection. Restarting your system also closes the apps that might be hogging up bandwidth.
Likewise, you can also try updating your Windows through the Windows Update Center, ensuring that your PC is running on the latest build of Windows. You can open the Windows Update Center through the search bar and click on the Check for updates button and let your OS take care of the rest.
While updating the Windows, you can also opt to update your graphics driver using the dedicated companion app for your graphics cards, such as Nvidia’s GeForce Experience or the AMD Radeon Software for AMD graphics. You can also use Device Manager, find the graphics card, right-click on it and select update drivers.
Switch to LAN or Fix the Wi-Fi
If you went through the preliminary fixes and still face packet loss, you may want to switch to LAN instead of the Wi-Fi network. LAN gives you a more stable internet connection than wireless connectivity.
If you are not in the position to switch to LAN, you can try moving closer to the router and connecting to the internet as the distance also affects your Wi-Fi. Additionally, you can also disconnect all the other devices connected to your router so that you do not share bandwidth with them.
Troubleshoot Your Internet
If you tried the fixes for the internet and still find issues, you can try the troubleshooting option of Windows:
- Open Search, type in Troubleshoot settings and hit Enter.
- Go to Other troubleshooters.
- Hit the Run button next to the Internet Connections.
- A new window will popup trying to detect problems. When prompted, select Troubleshoot my connection to the Internet option.
- Once the troubleshooter identifies and fixes (if possible) the issue, close the troubleshooter and check if your packet loss problem persists.
Update Network Driver
One more fix you can try for the internet is to update your network adapters. You can use the Device Manager to do so:
- Right-click on the Start menu and select Device Manager from the list.
- Find the Network Adapters option on the list and expand it.
- Right-click on the internet connection you are using, such as the Ethernet Controller or the Wi-Fi.
- Select Update driver.
- A new window will pop up asking you how you want to search for drivers. Select Search automatically for drivers.
- Wait until the process is complete and restart your device.
Close Background Apps
There might be some apps that run right after you turn your PC on that are hogging up the bandwidth. You can follow the steps below to ensure such applications are not running:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
- Select the app you do not want running in the background and hog up the bandwidth.
- Press the End Task button located at the bottom right of the Task Manager window.
- Close the Task Manager and run the game.
There may be cases where your ISP reroutes your connection in order to maintain traffic on their end. In such instances, you can try using a VPN service and reduce your packet loss and high ping on Valorant.
There are several VPN services in the market; subscription-based or free to use. In our experience, using a premium service is more helpful than the free ones as most of the latter services do not give you options to reroute your ISP through the server you want.
Flush and Change Your DNS
Flushing the DNS can be quite helpful as it clears your internet cache and might give you a better speed.
- Run Command prompt as Administrator.
- Type in the following commands and Press Enter one after the other.
netsh winsock reset
- Restart Your PC.
Additionally, you can also try to change your DNS manually. However, it is best to remember that changing the DNS may not affect your gaming visibly. So you might still have packet loss problems.
- Go to Search, type in Control Panel, and hit Enter.
- Select Network and Internet.
- Go to Network and Sharing Center.
- Select Change adapter options from the left side.
- Find your connection and open it.
- Go to Properties from the popup window.
- Next, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and select it.
- Click on Properties.
- At the bottom of the window, Select use the following DNS server addresses.
- Add one of the following DNS servers in the box.
- Preferred DNS Server: 184.108.40.206
- Alternate DNS Server: 220.127.116.11
- Hit the Ok button to save your changes.
Talk to Your ISP
There are cases where gamers contacted their Internet Service Providers about high packet loss in Valorant, to which they rerouted the internet to the server close to Valorant’s server.
You can explain your packet loss to your ISP and see if they can forward your IP address. If they are not able to do so, they can look up the reason for your packet loss and advise you accordingly.
Additionally, you can also check what your internet speed is. If you do not have a good internet speed, it is best to upgrade your connection if possible, as slow internet often causes high ping and severe packet loss in the game.