Team Fortress 2 is one of the most neglected games that is still massively popular, which means it has a host of network lag issues, server errors, high ping and packet losses. In this article, we will help you fix them to enhance your gaming experience.
Ensure it isn’t a server fault.
You need to make sure the problem is indeed on your end, first and foremost. Use this Steam down detector. If the servers are indeed down, you must simply wait till all services are back to normal and get back to playing Team Fortress 2! Make sure to review the live outage map available on this page as well to figure out if the problem is localised to your region. Also, check out this page that shows the player counts of each server of Team Fortress 2. An especially low player count can only mean that server is experiencing issues.
Run a speedtest.
Use Ookla’s speedtest to find out if your network connection is suffering for whatever reason. If your ping is above 100 ms, this could be a very real problem for you when you are gaming, since it means that any input you provide to the game is registered only that much time after you do so. Using an ethernet connection is always the way to go for the best connectivity. If you must use a Wi-fi connection, try and restart your router to see if that fixes the connection.
Check your ping.
Search cmd in the windows search bar and hit enter. Type in the command ping google.com to check your latency lost to google.com, and anything above 100 ms should be worrying. If you also see packet loss, run the command: ipconfig /flushdns. This frees up your DNS Resolver Cache.
We hope the fixes in this article helped you out. Happy gaming!