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Whats the deal with the lag spikes and the connection issues

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Whats the deal with the lag spikes and the connection issues

pepomaster's Avatar

05.05.2019 , 07:23 PM | #1
the title explains most of this topic, i subbed back from a 2 weeks break, and i find that the game is unplayable, like seriously im used to play at 200ms(im from south america) and now i get lag spikes that end up with me closing the client and trying again until i can log successfully and boom, i get the same lag spike...

what in the hell happened with the servers, how can you expect people to come back and play this game with this quality, awful.

I really hope this is not permanent, this is wasted sub time thx to you

TrixxieTriss's Avatar

05.05.2019 , 07:39 PM | #2
We all get them, but it’s not always the game. I do know the last 24 hours that other EA games have been off line (possible DDoS attack, but EA won’t say). It’s quite possible some script kiddies are also causing spikes for swtor.

To help diagnose what you problem is. First we need get some info. Here’s how to get it and then diagnose it.

Edit : how to get the data and watch it live.

Download Pingplotter at
Install it so you can look at the hops to the server
To find out the server IP (it changes everytime you log in now) you need start swtor and then go back to your Windows desktop.
Now run command prompt in Administrator mode
(Depending on which Windows you have, there are different ways to run it in Administrator mode, so do a quick Google search on how too for your windows version)

Type this command into the command shell after you have opened it.
Netstat -n -p tcp -b | more

(I usually have the netstat command saved in a txt file for notepad and just copy and paste it into the command prompt)

It will show you the 2 swtor connections to the server IP

It usually has an ip like this - or
But because it changes each time you login it will be different.. Ie it could be -
This is why you have to run this each time if you want to get an accurate read on the server ping.

Once you have that ip, open pingplotter. You can then enter the swtor server ip you are connected to and it will run a live trace route, showing all the connection hops along the way.
You'll be able to see live statistics and information on what is happening.
Also, all the west coast servers got merged into Satele Shan and east coast into Star Forge. But Bioware also moved Satele Shan to the east coast. So both servers are in Virginia now.
If you were connecting to the west coast before the mergers, that’s probably why you have higher lag now.,
I’m in Australia and my lag initially went up from my normal 200ms to 300ms. Since then, a change of ISP and using WTFast, has allowed me to reduce the ping to 220-235ms (most of the time).