I recently subscribed to Comcast's Xfinity here in Panama City, FL because the speeds seemed to be good. I didn't take into account the ping and overall latency of the networks before subscribing.
I have done numerous tracert tests on the current comcast network I'm on, and on the network I previously used which was Consolidated Communication (formerly fairpoint) in Blountstown, FL. Fairpoint was a joke to everyone in the town because it was DSL and had lots of issues consistency wise. However the average ping is about HALF of that of Comcast, and it's less than 60 miles away.
The issues 100% come from an issue in routing. I understand that comcast goes the "cheapest" route instead of the most efficent. However some of these tests don't even make sense. There are comcast servers in Marietta, GA. However it still jumps from Tallahassee to TX, then to Marietta.
I have included a good few test comparisons using many different game services and google.com. These comparisons are between Comcast and Consolidated Communications. A titan of a cable company vs a small dsl oriented company.
Below are some comparisons between the two ISPs and their tracert tests. In almost every situation my ping is BETTER to west coast servers than to east coast servers. This is nonsense, though I'm no expert. I'm sure this will all get explained away somehow. I would prefer a solution, though. Please read the captions.
It was fixed all day yesterday. It's back up today. Is there an optional service I can pay for to be on the "fast lane" with better ping and improved traffic routing? It was a godsend being able to play everything with actually reasonable ping. My tracert to google yesterday was 17 ping, it's back up to 50+ today. Smite ping back up to 100+
Honestly. I wish I had recorded the results of yesterday's tracerts. They were all so much better. Today they're back to being poor. What changed? Is there anything I can do to make it permanently be like it was yesterday?
The ping is back to normal levels again! It's in a decent place and the routing makes sense! The nervewracking part is wondering when it's going to switch back again and hoping it stays this way.
I've attached photos of the NEW tracerts that have the improved ping.
Its back to bad again. At this point i'm doing this for documentation to try to find out the cause and maybe have some light shed on the matter.
More photos attached as always.
Last daily update. Ping and routing are still bad. Pictures included. Will be back tomorrow.
Pattern was broken today, second day in a row with poor routing and bad ping. IP is the same.
Again, if there is some service I can pay for to keep my gigabit speeds and (the fact that it is not included is a little silly) STAY on a good routing table. I will pay the extra for it. This is disheartening and extremely disappointing considering how much I pay for it. Not being able to enjoy games online despite paying for next to the best possible service is not acceptable. The service is 3 times as fast as service advertised as "great for multiplayer gaming" yet the fact that I'm routed in some cases across the USA to connect to WEST servers when I'm in the EAST is unacceptable plain and simple. In some games like Overwatch, Blizzard will see that my connection is from the East Coast, and still put me on East Coast servers regardless of if my ping is better to those servers or not. This nets me playing games with 110+ ping because the traffic goes across the US twice. The frustrating part is that now that I know that I CAN be routed appropriately under some odd circumstances, I don't know how to maintain it and losing it feels even worse.
NOTE: The routing when (again, it's not solved anymore) my issue was SOLVED included routing me through 184.108.40.206 (ae-10-ar01.timberlanerd.fl.tallah.comcast.net) hope that helps at all. Example comparison below.
Another set of tracerts from today. Still looking for solutions. Please read the captions of the attached photos.
Ping is still poor today. IP is the same, as are the tracerts.
I'll start calling and escalating the issue soon.