I have two machines connected to a Netgear DG834G router - both my a network cable. I currently run World of Warcraft. It is odd, on the older HP machine (Windows XP, dual core, 2GB RAM, 18 months old), I get 80ms when in game usually.
On my new 3 week old Novatech machine (Windows XP, quad core, 2GB RAM, 3 weeks old), I get anything from 150 to 300ms usually when playing. Sometimes going up to 600ms or beyond. This can make things quite difficult.
My question is why does one machine report a much higher latency than the other? This is when I am only playing on one machine and not the other. Both machines run the same firewall (Comodo).
Can anyone recommend actions I can take to reduce latency on my new Novatech machine?
Is there any free software out there which would allow me to manage network traffic - may be something is preventing new machine from taking advantage of the capacity available via the router?