FIFA 17 Lag Fix Guide: 10 steps to crush FIFA 17 Lag

Posted by Test Engineer at Netduma
26 Jan

Top 10 Tips to Fix FIFA 17 Lag

If you take your FIFA seriously then you will know that there’s nothing like FIFA 17 lag to ruin your attempts to rank up in Divisions or get the most out of your Ultimate Team. Your passes and shots won’t register in time and it will feel like you’re running through treacle, just like Gareth Barry vs Ozil back in ’06.

So given it is just you vs one other player, FIFA 17 lag will often prove to be the difference between a win and a loss. But fear not, this complete guide will cover the best ways to fix FIFA 17 lag.

FIFA 17 Lag Fix

1. System Requirements
2. Wifi vs Wired
3. Wired Controller vs Wireless Controller
4. Monitor vs TV
5. Lower your Base Ping
6. Distance
7. Players’/Servers’ Connection
8. Bandwidth and Local Congestion
9. Open NAT
10. Internet Service Provider

1. System Requirements

Let’s start off with a simple one – if your console’s hard drive is full of games/applications it can run sluggishly.

What you need to do:

A. Delete some of the games/applications on your hard drive to free up space.

B. You might also consider replacing your console’s built in hard drive with ‘SSDs’, which is a much faster storage device than traditional hard drives that can rapidly speed up loading times. A Google search will show several options. SSDs can be relatively expensive though and compared to the other tips in this guide, the benefits may not be worth the expense, so it’s up to you!

2. Wifi vs Wired

wired vs wifi gaming netduma

Playing over Wifi can cause your game’s data, which is sent in ‘packets’, to be dropped (packet loss) or delayed (latency). Either of these will have a negative effect. Playing on a wired (Ethernet) connection is much more reliable because nothing can disrupt the physical cable between your router and your console, unless a pet gnaws through it of course…

What you need to do:

A. Switch to using an Ethernet cable from your router to your console. If these two devices are far apart then you can you either purchase very long cables (some are up to 100m), or look into powerline adapters, which use the electrical wiring of your home to extend wired functionality. Setup is very simple, just connect one adapter into a socket near your router and the other in a socket in the room with your console. Then connect ethernet cables from your router & console into the adapters and you’re good to go. Here are some handy links:

Powerline Adapters (Amazon UK)
Powerline Adapters (Amazon US)

B. If you have no choice but to play via Wifi then there are a few steps you can take to improve it’s reliability.
– Connect to your routers 2.4GHz frequency instead of 5GHz as 2.4GHz is more stable. All wireless routers have a 2.4GHz frequency. If you are not sure which frequency you are using then check your router’s Wifi settings.

– Use a Wifi analyser to find the least congested channel in your area and then change to that in your router’s Wifi settings.How to find the least congested channel in your area. C. 

If you’re already playing via an Ethernet cable and experience a lot of FIFA 17 lag then you may want to switch it out for a newer cable as they can degrade and become faulty over time.

3. Wired Controller vs Wireless Controller

Did you know playing with a wireless controller can cause input lag? This is the delay between you pressing a button on the controller and the console responding, just like the FIFA 17 lag you get when you try a pass and it’s delayed. If you are playing on a wireless controller this might be caused by interference from other wireless devices in the vicinity, such as wireless headphones, smartphones connected to Wifi etc). This is why why you rarely see professional players using wireless controllers.

What you need to do:

Use a wired controller. If you have the budget, you may want to invest in a custom controller e.g. a Scuf. Another advantage of a wired controller is they never run out of battery!

4. Monitor vs TV

You might think that getting a big TV will give you an advantage because you can see more of the game and what the players are doing. But actually a large TV will cause more problems because they have a high ‘response time’, which means that there is a big delay between you taking an action on your controller, such as a pass, and that action being shown on the screen.

What you need to do:

A. Get a monitor that has, at the very least, a 60Hz refresh rate. It will also need a low response time, 1-2ms is ideal. Here are some recommended monitors:

BenQ XL2411Z
See what our community thinks is the best monitor to use for gaming

B. If you are only able to use a TV check to see if it has a gaming mode which should bring down the response time and make a big difference over standard mode. Monitors usually have this setting as well.

FIFA 17 Gameplay on monitor

5. Lower your Base Ping

Your ‘Base Ping’ is a measure of the time it takes for you to reach the nearest Internet server to your home. If you live in a remote area,such as the countryside,your base ping will probably be higher than someone who lives in a city. Base ping matters because it is a delay that you always have when gaming. For example, if you have a base ping of 30ms then your game ping will never be lower than 30ms. So having a high base ping will mean you will always be experiencing some FIFA 17 lag.

What you need to do:

A. We recommend using a program called Ping Plotter or utilising the Internet Diagnostics page on the Netduma router to find out the quality of your internet connection. If your base ping is lower than 30ms then you’re fine (ideally we want it to be as low as possible), otherwise it may be worth contacting your Internet Service Provider to see if they are able to resolve this. However, there may be nothing they can do to improve this. If your base ping is below 50ms don’t fret too much, the game should still play well.

6. Distance

When you are searching for a game on FIFA you could be connecting to a player located anywhere in the world. The further away this player is then the worse your lag is going to be. It’s just like real life,the further you have to travel the longer it takes.

The best way to solve this problem is to play with people that are closer to you. FIFA does have matchmaking settings for connection that supposedly will look for people with better connections but this isn’t always the case. We have the only true solution to this issue.

What you need to do:

A. The Netduma Geo-filter allows you to set a custom radius around your location,forcing the game to match you with a local player. This will significantly reduce the FIFA 17 lag for you as well as the other player – they could have connected to someone much further away! This means that passes will happen when they’re supposed to and your shots won’t be delayed. It will be a much fairer and enjoyable game for the both of you.

Check out our video here to see it in action:

B. If you are not able to invest in a Netduma then your best course of action is to use the games in built connection quality restriction and have it really strict and hope that it places you with a player that is close by.

7. Players’/Servers’ Connection

For the most part, FIFA 17 uses something called a ‘Peer 2 Peer’ matchmaking system,which mean you are connecting directly to your opponent. So their connection can have an impact on your game. On some occasions FIFA 17 does use dedicated servers for FUT Champions. In which case the game server will sometimes be at fault if you’re experiencing FIFA 17 lag.

What you need to do:

Unfortunately you won’t be able to fix this unless you have a Netduma router.

A. If you are connecting directly to a player and their internet connection is causing the game to be unplayable you can utilise the Netduma’s Deny & Allow feature to block this person. That means that you never have to play that person again!

B. If you’re playing FUT and connecting to a dedicated server then sometimes the server can be at fault. With Netduma’s Temporary Ban feature you can temporarily ban this dedicated server so you don’t play it again and thereby connect to a different server that may play better.

8. Bandwidth and Local Congestion

A common network myth is that upgrading your internet so you get faster speeds means that you’ll have a much better connection for gaming. However,this just isn’t true. Gaming doesn’t require much bandwidth at all. In fact whatever speed connection you currently have can probably play online games without issue. See our network myths video on this topic for more information:

The real factor here is not your bandwidth speed but the local congestion being caused by other people in your home hogging the bandwidth. For example you may have noticed that when someone starts streaming a HD film or downloading heavily that you start lagging.

What you need to do:

Most routers have a feature called ‘QoS’, it is supposed to prioritise the traffic on your network so that things like gaming do not suffer at the hands of high intensity downloads/uploads. Unfortunately the majority of router do not achieve this outcome very well,largely due to out-dated software.

At Netduma we invented a unique algorithm that will totally eliminate all congestion,meaning you can game whilst everyone in your household uses the internet as normal. Check out a demo of this here:

9. Open NAT

You can have connection issues if the ports required for the game are not open,i.e. you don’t have an Open NAT. A strict or moderate NAT can hinder your games by limiting the amount of people you are able to connect to. Therefore the game may match you with a terrible connection player just to get you a game.

NAT Table Console

What you need to do:

A. Check your NAT status. All you need to do is go to the network settings on your console to find this out.

B. If you have a moderate or closed NAT then you should enable ‘UPnP’ on your router (if you do not know how to do this find the manual for your router and it should tell you how to access this option). This should automatically open the necessary ports for you.

C. If after enabling UPnP on your router you still do not have an open NAT then you will have to manually port forward the required ports for the game. If you do have to port forward then make sure to disable UPnP as these could cause conflicts between each other.

FIFA 17 Port Forwarding Guide

Opening your NAT with the Netduma R1 Gaming Router

10. Internet Service Provider (ISP)

If you have tried everything is this guide with no luck then it is likely that the ISP is the cause. Depending on where you live you may experience heavy throttling and even packet loss during peak times (usually evenings and weekends). If you’re experiencing this regardless then it is possible you have issues with your Internet line.

What you need to do:

A. Consider switching to an ISP that has better connectivity in your area and that is likely to be under subscribed rather than over subscribed. A smaller ISP is the best option in this scenario.

You can do the Internet Diagnostics test on your Netduma router if you have one – this is a pure test of your line (it disconnects everything from the internet so there are no devices that can influence the test).

If you do not have a Netduma router then you can use a program called Ping Plotter to achieve a similar effect (minus all devices disconnecting from the Internet).


That’s the end of our FIFA 17 lag fix guide. We hope we have helped you to solve your lag issues. If you are interested in purchasing our router to crush your lag then you can use code “FIFA” at checkout for 5% off!