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    What is a good ping time?

    What is a good ping time? I am pining a dedicated server, exactly it is a IP address but I dont know what I should be looking for a good result from hosting server. How to know if it was a good ping time?

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    Ideally it should be under 50ms. However, this depends on how far you are from the server. Closer servers will always have faster pings regardless of how powerful or weak the server is.

    If you are using a web app to run your daily work like tickets, order processing, customer database entries etc. or even trying to use a Remote desktop, then it should be less than 20ms, otherwise it will be slow for any realtime use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EcommIndiaCloudIT View Post
    Ideally it should be under 50ms. However, this depends on how far you are from the server. Closer servers will always have faster pings regardless of how powerful or weak the server is.

    If you are using a web app to run your daily work like tickets, order processing, customer database entries etc. or even trying to use a Remote desktop, then it should be less than 20ms, otherwise it will be slow for any realtime use.
    You are right, it depends on the distances between server and who is pinging to.

    Is there a way to improve ping time without buying a closer server?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz Wolfe View Post
    You are right, it depends on the distances between server and who is pinging to.
    Is there a way to improve ping time without buying a closer server?
    Unfortunately, there is no full alternative for physical distance. If you are wanting your site images and content to load faster, you could use the help of a CDN which might have an endpoint closer to you than your server. However, a CDN is not a full alternate for a server, it is helpful only for faster loading of sites by caching the static content. Does not help with application processing.

    If however you use cloud providers like AWS, they offer something called Direct Connect which gives you a direct physical connection into the Datacenter interconnect location. This means no hopping around the internet to reach your server and will be much much faster with lower ping times. However, this will be good only for you, as in for the ones that have a Direct Connect link. It is mostly used by organizations that want to connect their on premises to the cloud so that their on-prem employees can have faster access to their cloud resources/application with super low latencies. This will not improve the performance for external public users who are accessing your service from the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EcommIndiaCloudIT View Post
    Ideally it should be under 50ms. However, this depends on how far you are from the server. Closer servers will always have faster pings regardless of how powerful or weak the server is.
    A fast server can help improving ping time for a website or ip address?
    If Ping time is more smaller the loading speed of a website is more faster?
    If so, I suppose ping time is related to the speed of a server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philippe Gaucher View Post
    A fast server can help improving ping time for a website or ip address?
    If Ping time is more smaller the loading speed of a website is more faster?
    If so, I suppose ping time is related to the speed of a server.
    Ping is ICMP packets which works mostly on the Networking Layer and has nothing to do with things on the application layer like Apache which is what affects website speed more. While technically ping is like layer 3.5, the fact is, it has almost no relation to making your website load faster on the server. It has more to do with how long that data takes to travel between you and the server and not the actual server speed. Your server can respond to ICMP packets at 2-5ms speed even if you have like 512MB or RAM but the server might be super slow in loading your website depending on what you have on the application side of things.

    To conclude, ping is NOT a measure of server speed.
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    Ping is dependant on two factors mainly. The distance between the end user issuing the ping command and the server. But the most important factor is the network routing. Therefore the route the data is sent over affects the ping most. Even if you had a server in London and you would be located in Amsterdam (Ping is normally around 5ms), if the provider has bad routing and sends the data through other nodes before reaching its destination (eg. he is not choosing the most efficient root - sending it to Frankfurt 1st, then to Paris and then to London) that can increase ping time significantly. Why would providers do that? Often they have deals with only some of the transit providers (Or only one) to reduce cost for bandwidth, therefore they do not have access to all of the best routes available and are often forced to route data through a slower route (that covers more distance).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philippe Gaucher View Post
    What is a good ping time? I am pining a dedicated server, exactly it is a IP address but I dont know what I should be looking for a good result from hosting server. How to know if it was a good ping time?
    Check out these 2 articles

    Ideal ping time would be <50ms from your visitors to your server. This is where CDNs come in to get closer to that goal.

    You can use this tool and input your web site or url to find out times from several geographic locations around the world https://tools.keycdn.com/performance

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    I think anything below <200 ms is acceptable. But, of course, the lower, the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HostXNow View Post
    I think anything below <200 ms is acceptable. But, of course, the lower, the better.
    Depends also on ISP connection speed the visitor is on too. 3G mobile users vs cable 5mbps.

    For me in Australia, West Coast USA hosting is acceptable for 180-200ms pings though. Aussie hosting is way too expensive.

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    I would say 30 ms or under

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