What is a good ping time?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I checked mine and was getting 5ms ping times but I am using Cloudflare so I don't know how much of an impact that makes.
 
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3-5 ms is good and possible just buy your server not so far from destination
 
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Ping has little bearing on how fast a website loads. Throughput is more important in such cases, so try to do a test download of a large file. If you get good speeds, and hopefully maximize your download speed, then you'll be in good shape. You should be able to do that with any ping in the double digits (<100ms). Once you start going above 100ms, then it becomes harder to do good throughput as the packet sends and ack's take longer to go back and forth.

The ping latency will essentially tell you how fast a packet goes from the server back to you. This is solely dependent on the route between you and the server. If you get very low latency, this is indicative of proximity and/or good peering from the network. That said, sometimes you could be physically close to the server, but the route will take a roundabout way to get to the server, giving you a higher latency than you should.

With CloudFlare, I am not sure if pinging will give you latency to CloudFlare or to the actual server. It is possible that true latency is higher since you may not be measuring the path between CloudFlare and your server.
 

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There is nothing to sweat over until it gets up into the several hundred ms range. At that point you should run a trace-route to determine at what point between you and your server the latency is occurring
 

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Ping times depends upon the distance and routers between the source and destination. Very less ping time(less than 50ms) is better.
 

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For websites honestly anything under <200ms is good. There are far more important factors like packet loss
 

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There are multiple things to consider when we discuss about ping time.In my opinion, a ping time of below 100ms is good, 200 to 400ms is average and 400ms and above are poor ping times.

Poor ping times does not always indicate issue with your hosting server. It is realistic to get poor ping times when you are pinging servers that are located far away.

Do note that it may take a while for the host to respond if it's busy.I get around 150-180 ms when I ping to USA. (from Asia region)
 
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Location is an important factor here. If you are pinging a server located at Germany from ASIA zone, definitely you will get comparatively poor result. But on an average 180ms to 250ms may be a good speed.
 
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