How to use ExitLag to play lag-free
The rise of online gaming has proven that a stable internet connection is essential for a great gaming experience. However, since fast internet is not available everywhere in the world, not all gamers enjoy the best of online multiplayer games. That’s where ExitLag comes in. If you’re unfamiliar with this premium service, we’ll tell you what it is and how it will improve your online gaming experience.
What is ExitLag?
ExitLag is advertised as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for online gaming. Its intended function is to optimize your Internet connection, making it more stable and lowering your ping.
The software achieves this by allowing you to connect to game servers through its own routes and servers. This will lead to an improvement over the route used by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
ExitLag is currently only available for Windows and its monthly subscription price is $6.50.
Why use ExitLag?
ExitLag sounds like a nice feature, but should you really use it when playing your games online? Let’s take a look at some of its outstanding features.
Reduced lag and packet loss
ExitLag works by mapping multiple routes to your game’s server to compute and deliver data packets via the most efficient route. Using its “Multipath Connection” technology, the service can ensure that if one route becomes too congested, it will automatically switch to a less congested one.
Data sent over these superior routes has low latency and little or no packet loss. This means that games should load and update as close to real-time as possible on your end.
Essentially, gamers living in places with unreliable internet connection should feel the effects of ExitLag the most compared to online gamers living in areas with good internet infrastructure. On the other hand, players with fast internet connections can also experience lag if they try to connect to game servers far away from them.
Increase in FPS
ExitLag also includes a feature called “FPS Boost”. It is meant to increase your in-game FPS to make the game smoother and smoother. In games, FPS is just as important as a stable internet connection. It would be best if you had them both at optimal levels to take advantage of them or at least have a fair advantage in competitive games.
Here’s how to enable the FPS Boost feature:
- Click “Tools” in the top menu in ExitLag.
- Go to the “FPS Boost” tab and toggle the options according to your preferences. If you’re not sure what these options mean, they all have a short description that appears when you hover over the question mark icon to their right.
Additionally, ExitLag claims to have access to a global network of servers spread across different continents to optimize most connections between players and game servers.
How to Take Advantage of ExitLag in Online Games
Before you jump in, make sure ExitLag supports your games. Go to this page to search for your game and see if you can use ExitLag with it. If so, proceed to the next step:
- Download and install ExitLag from the official website and create an account. It’s a paid service, so you can take advantage of its three-day trial to decide if it’s worth buying a subscription. Otherwise, you can uninstall the software after the trial period expires.
- After installation and a system restart, log in with your account.
- Click “Yes” at the first prompt.
- Find the online game you want to use with ExitLag and click on it.
- In the “Game region” drop-down menu on the right side of the screen, we recommend choosing “Automatic (recommended)” to allow the software to select the best server for your connection.
- If you chose “Automatic (recommended)”, your next step is to click the red “Apply Routes” button at the bottom of the app interface.
- If you have chosen a specific server location, your next step is to click “Optimize” to analyze the routes for your selected server.
- Once the optimization is complete, click “Update” to get the latest information on the server of your choice. Note that the “estimated ping” may vary after the update.
- Once you are happy with the estimated ping of the routes you want, click “Apply Routes”.
- Once successfully connected, you should see your server selected or automatically selected in the “Connected” list under your game.
- In your game, connect to the same server listed on ExitLag to experience less lag and lower ping on that specific server. In our Valorant example, you would need to go to the “Play” tab at the very top.
- Click on the three green horizontal bars at the top right of your player card.
- Select the same region that ExitLag is connected to, then enqueue.
- If you want to try other servers, select them from the drop-down list and click “Apply Routes”. Make sure to match the server listed on ExitLag with the server you are queuing in your game.
Free alternative: PingEnhancer
PingEnhancer is a small Windows based program that will help reduce your game server latency by increasing the frequency of TCP packets sent to game servers. This program works for all kinds of online games and is free. You can download PingEnhancer from this forum.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Should I launch my game before configuring ExitLag?
No. The software will still work even if you launch it before your game or vice versa. However, you must first make sure to enable ExitLag in the interface by clicking on the toggle in the top left.
You can even switch servers on ExitLag during a game. You will notice the server change if you check your ping and in-game packet loss, which are common metrics that show up in online games.
2. Can ExitLag cause my game to lag?
Yes, it is possible, especially if the software automatically connects you or if you choose to connect to a server far from your current location. To get rid of lags, disable ExitLag or select another server. It is advisable to play on the servers closest to you, as this provides an optimal connection.
In other cases, the cause of your game lag may not be your internet connection. Instead, your computer’s components may not have enough power to handle the game you’re trying to play. The solution is to lower your game’s video settings and change your GPU’s software settings.
Both AMD and NVIDIA have anti-lag features that you can easily enable in their software.
3. Does it work like other non-gaming VPN software?
No. Unlike your regular VPN software, ExitLag only acts as your virtual network when connecting to game servers. It doesn’t hide your real network when you’re browsing the web or performing other non-gaming tasks on your computer.
If you are looking for VPN software that lets you connect to different servers outside of games, use NordVPN or something similar.
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