How to Fix Your Latency Lag
If you're one of many who lag playing MMORPGs, chances are the problem will not be solved by the game's designers anytime soon. The problem is that certain ISPs have routing issues when attempting to reach your game's servers. This causes for massive packet loss on certain hops and terrible lag almost 100% of the time. As one of these people, I searched for a solution! It seemed simple enough, if the issue is my connection's path, I needed a new path.
For an example of the type of lag this will fix, refer to this video. This type of lag is latency lag. It is a delay in a response to any action you take in a game. The reponse time is the time it takes for your action to travel to your game's servers, decide the response, and then send the response back to your PC. Typically, players want this response time to be under half a second. But sometimes, this response time can be as long as multiple seconds - making it very difficult to play your game!
So, upon some Googling, I found Gamepath. As soon as I got it working, the lag went 100% away and I have not lagged a single second since.
I'll go through the step-by-step process of getting Gamepath to work since they aren't very detailed with their instructions.
Their service is free, but you will have to reconnect every hour. You can pay $6 for 30-days of unlimited use, but I highly suggest testing it using their free service first and if it works, you can decide if the $6 is worth it. For me, it was.
Go to http://www.gamepath.net/dni.html. Select your system. Gamepath works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Macintosh. If you do not know if your system is a 32bit or 64bit system, you can check by opening 'My Computer', Right-Click, and then hit 'Properties'. In the window that comes up, look for something that shows your 'System Type'. It will either say "32-bit Operating System" or "64-bit Operating System".
Once you've selected your system, you'll be brought to a new page. Gamepath works for World of Warcraft, Aion, and Champion's Online. Gamepath can also work with other games, but it is up to you to make it work. It is only suggested for those three games listed above.
The Supported Softwares is the proxy program necessary to make Gamepath work. By far, Proxifier is the best program. However, after the free trial, you must pay to use the program. Freecap and Widecap are free, but are of lesser quality and can sometimes crash or not work properly.
For the sake of the free trial, select Proxifier and use it as a free trial as well.
You should now be on a new page. The first thing to do is click the 'Server List' link and download the .zip file. You can save the file anywhere. Once it's downloaded, unzip it and run the server list.reg file. You'll be prompted with a Registery Editor window. Click 'Yes'. Another window will pop up, click 'Okay'.
Next, click the link for 'Putty' and download the putty.exe file. It is suggested that you save it to your computer, rather than just running the file, for easy access. You will need to run Putty everytime you use Gamepath. It is much easier to run the program off of your Desktop than it is to go to gamepath.com and relaunch it. Once you do run it, the Putty window should pop up. For now, just minimize it.
After you have done both parts, click the 'Next Step' at the bottom right.
You should now be on the next page. The first thing you need to do is download and install the free 31-day trial of Proxifier. You can use their link to go to the Proxifier website. Select the free 31-Day Trial of Version 2.91 Proxifier. Click 'Run' and then go through and install the program.
Once you've installed Proxifier, go back to the Gamepath page. Click the link to the 'Proxifier Settings file' and save that to your computer.
Next, play the video and follow its directions on adding the Proxifier Settings file to your Proxifier program. This must be done in order for Proxifier to know where to direct your game's connection. When the video has you check the Proxification Rules, make sure that your Proxifier has your game checked!
Now run the Putty program. Double click on one of the Gamepath Gates. Each Gamepath Gate is located in a certain region and is dedicated for a specific game. For a list of where the gates are located, refer to http://www.gamepath.net/Registration/serversUSA.php. Pick a gate that is located as close to your location as possible (Either US West, US East, Singapore, etc.). If you're in Europe, use this link: http://www.gamepath.net/Registration/serversEU.php. You can also ping all of the servers by clicking the option at the bottom of the gate select screen. If you do this, pick a gate that has the lowest MS.
Once you've double clicked on your Gamepath Gate, a new window will open that looks like this.
Type in, "gamepathtest" and hit your 'Enter' key. A new window should appear.
Now type in, "imjusttesting" and hit your 'Enter' key (Note: What you type will not appear. So make sure you type exactly what's in quotes or it will not work. If it worked correctly, you should see this):
You are now up and running and can launch the game client like normal and be lag free. Since you're using the free version, you will have to follow Step 5 every hour, as your connection will disconnect.
I highly suggest trying the free version first to make sure that this fixes your lag issue. If you skipped the free version, then you have to at least follow Steps 1-5.
The first step is to create your account. Go to http://www.gamepath.net/Registration/ and register your account. Once you've registered, go to http://www.gamepath.net/Registration/login.html and log in using your information.
You should now see your Member Page. You now have to Activate your account. Click the 'Activate/Renew now by Credit Card/PayPal'. Go through the payment process and pay the $6 for 30-days of unlimited use. Once you've paid, return to your Member Page.
Now the 'Select a gate server' link should be active. Click this and select your gamepath gate. Choose which region you're in and then select a server which is close to your actual location. Click 'Play Here' to select your Gate. NOTE: Pay attention to the Server's name, (ie: gate101.gamepath.net) you will have to know which one you picked!
Once you've selected your server, return to the Member Page and click 'Unblock your account'. This will allow your account access to the server you chose.
Now run putty.exe and select the Gamepath Gate that you chose earlier (if you picked gate101.gamepath.net, Choose Gamepath Gate 101.
A new window will pop up. Type in your username exactly how it is (case sensitive). A new window will come up. Now enter your password exactly how it is (case sensitive). NOTE: If it worked correctly, you should see this:
You are now up and running and can launch the game client like normal and be lag free. Since you're using the paid version, you will not have to do anything unless you restart your internet connection or your computer. If you do, just run putty.exe, select your gate, and enter your account information.
If at anytime you wish to change gates, go to your Member Page and click "De-select gate server". Then simply follow the steps to select your new gate server.
"I installed Gamepath, but decided not to use it. However, now I can't even play my game anymore!"
Do not panic. There is a very simple solution. If Proxifier, Widecap, or Freecap is running, you will not be able to access your game without using Putty. Therefore, just simply close the programs. If you are having issues finding it, check your system tray. If closing the programs still does not fix the issue, try uninstalling all Gamepath related programs. If this still doesn't fix the issue, I suggest contacting Gamepath and asking them for help (or assume it's not a Gamepath related issue).
"I keep getting denied when trying to select a Gate"
There are two probable causes. The first is that you are trying to select a different gate than what your account is connected to. Refer to Step 3 and Step 4 of the Paid Version for selecting the proper Gate. The other cause could be that you forgot to click the 'Unblock your Account' option. Refer to Step 3 of the Paid Version for this.
"I cannot get Widecap/Freecap to work properly"
Me neither. That's why I use Proxifier!
For any other issues, I suggest contacting Gamepath support.