CSGO Ping Command [Help & Examples]

There’s nothing more frustrating than having high ping in a game of Counter-Strike, affecting your gameplay and chances of winning. Though your internet service provider and router are mainly responsible for network and ping issues, a handful of CSGO ping commands can actually help you avoid high ping. In this article, we’ll cover all console commands related to ping and provide examples on how you can optimize your network performance in Counter-Strike!

mm_dedicated_search_maxping 50

One of the most useful commands is the max ping search command. This command allows players to set their desired maximum ping on a Counter-Strike server. Setting your max ping to a lower amount will guarantee that the server you find is nearby, resulting in better connection.

However, you should not set your ping too low, or else it will be impossible for Counter-Strike to find a server that will allow for such low ping. Additionally, this command could affect your queue times when playing with friends, as your friends may live in different locations and get varying ping.

It is highly recommended to set the maximum ping to anywhere near 50 ping, as it finds a good balance with providing decent ping and flexibility of finding a good server without queuing for too long. Of course, the game will still try to find a server with the lowest possible ping.

Example: If you don’t want to play Counter-Strike with more than 25 ping, then you should input the command “mm_dedicated_search_maxping 25” instead. Queue times may take longer, though!

cl_interp and cl_interp_ratio 

The cl_interp command is related to your interpolation which determines how smooth your game will run. Experienced community members have tested and determined that the value of the command differs depending on how much ping players usually get.

The default value of the command is 0.03125, but it is recommended to lower it if you have better connection to servers. If you’re feeling experimental, the range of the cl_interp command is from 0 to 0.5.

The cl_interp_ratio command is a follow-up command which should be paired appropriately with the cl_interp command.

Refer to this table to understand what cl_interp and cl_interp_ratio values you should use:

Usual Ping Connection cl_interp Command cl_interp_ratio Command
1 – 29 ms cl_interp 0.007813 cl_interp_ratio 1
30 – 59 ms cl_interp 0.015625 cl_interp_ratio 1
60 – 89 ms cl_interp 0.015625 cl_interp_ratio 2
90+ ms cl_interp 0.03125 cl_interp_ratio 2

Example: If you are consistently getting 35 ping on almost all your games, you fall under the 30-59 ms category, and should therefore use the “cl_interp 0.15625” and “cl_interp_ratio 1” commands.

rate 

The rates command will determine your network and ping rates, which are crucial to help the game understand your performance on different internet connections. With “internet connections” as the keyword, the rates will be determined by your internet’s download speed. 

Refer to this table to identify which rate value to use depending on your internet’s download speed:

Internet Download Speed rate Command
0.50 – 0.99 Mbps (Minimum) rate 62500 (Minimum)
1.00 – 1.49 Mbps rate 125000
1.50 – 1.56 Mbps rate 187500
1.57 – 1.99 Mbps (1.57 is the default value) rate 196608 (Default value)
2.00 – 2.49 Mbps rate 250000
2.50 – 2.99 Mbps rate 312500
3.00 – 3.49 Mbps rate 375000
3.50 – 3.99 Mbps rate 437500
4.00 – 4.49 Mbps rate 500000
4.50 – 4.99 Mbps rate 562000
5.00 – 5.49 Mbps rate 625000
5.50 – 5.99 Mbps rate 687500
6.00 – 6.19 Mbps rate 750000
6.20+ Mbps (Maximum) rate 786432 (Maximum)

If you did not recognize the pattern, the rate value increases by 62,500 for every 0.5 Mbps your internet connection can handle. The rate value caps at 786432, so if you have an internet connection that supports more than 6.20 Mbps, you should set your rate value to the maximum.

cl_resend 10

The cl_resend CSGO ping command isn’t directly related with your ping, but is used to restore connection to CS2 servers, hopefully resulting in a better connection and giving lower ping.

When players are disconnected from a match due to connection problems, the game will constantly try to establish a connection to help the player load back in. 

The cl_resend command determines how long the game client will wait before resending a connection attempt to the player. By setting the value to 10, the game will try to reconnect players every 10 seconds every time it fails. 

At the end of the day, console commands could only do so much to help you establish good connections and play on low ping. The largest determining factor is your router, internet connection, and download speed. By using CSGO ping commands, you can at least maximize your potential of playing on low ping.