Fix Modern Warfare 3 (2023) Lag and Connection issues

There could be a ton of reasons for a game to be lagging on your device. Most of the time, though, it’s the internet connection, and if you’re having trouble with your internet playing Modern Warfare 3, you’ve come to the right place as in this article, we’ll be guiding you with how you could fix just the same, keep reading as we get to the bottom of it!

There are some different types of lag that a player might face that have to do with your internet. For instance, there’s rubberbanding, which refers to you running and being backtracked every few seconds or not being able to move at all, and then there are hit marker delays, which refers to “shots not registering” or landing shots on your enemies a bunch of times. Still, it doesn’t register, and your opponent just easily eliminates you the very next second. The fix for every single one of these issues cannot be narrowed down to one single factor and hence, no matter which one of them you’ve got, you have an internet stability issue that needs fixing. With that being said, here are the fixes that we’ve got in the bag for you to apply!

How to Fix Lag in COD MW2 (2023)

1. Prefer playing on a wired connection

If you play using a wireless router, you might have trouble maintaining a stable ping or, at times, face something that’s called packet loss. There isn’t a permanent fix for packet loss. However, you can always lower the chances of that happening by using a wired (LAN) connection. If, however, you prefer playing with a wireless hotspot from your mobile device, you can plug your mobile into your PC or Laptop to get something better than wireless. It won’t be as good as a proper wired connection, but it’ll enhance your gaming experience overall.

2. Make sure your NAT Type is Moderate or Open in MW3
How to check NAT type in Modern Warfare 3

You have to ensure that your NAT Type is Open, or at least Moderate. If you have a Strict NAT in Modern Warfare 3, then you will have a tough time getting into good severs. As a result, you will find yourself lagging and rubberbanding most of the time.

To check your NAT Type in Modern Warfare 3:

  1. Open COD MW3
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Select Account & Network
  4. Now, under “Online” you will find the “Network Info” button.
  5. Click on it, and the game will show your NAT Type.

3. Check for a stable ping

This can be done by testing your internet connection speeds at some websites that are specifically made for such a purpose. Further, this way, you could make sure that you’re getting the speeds that you’ve paid for. If not, the best choice would probably be to contact your ISP (Internet service provider) and get the situation fixed. Another issue with not having a stable ping is that the game then has trouble locating the nearest servers for you, hence providing you with the best experience that you could have. If you don’t know how to check your Ping in COD MW3, Frondtech has an article for that.

4. Limiting the number of users on your connection

If you share your wired or wireless connection with other users, you might have something called a “Bandwidth limitation”, as even though the speed of your internet is one thing, bandwidth is “the number of bytes that can be transferred between locations over a said period” and this number is limited. A lot of users on the same connection might cause a bottleneck on the same and then cause you to face lag while you’re playing Modern Warfare 3 or any other online game that needs connection stability. This could happen even if the other users on your connection are simply watching another YouTube video, scrolling through social media, or streaming online, and hence, it’s recommended that you go for an internet that’s strong enough to handle all of this at once but if the same isn’t possible, it’s just better to limit the number of users for the best possible experience.

5. One simple restart

You’ve probably already tried this, but if you haven’t, maybe all you need is a simple restart for your router to fix certain issues that it might be having. There’s a low chance for this to work, though.

6. Upgrading or Updating your Hardware

If you’re using severely outdated hardware, such as maybe a really old router, you might need to start looking for a better one to use, as this could limit the internet connection’s potential. Further, taking a look at your PC’s Internet Connection settings and updating your drivers is never a bad idea!

If none of the options above fix your problem, maybe it’s time for you to opt for a better local Internet Service Provider!

That’s everything that I’ve got for you at the time. I hope your lag was resolved and hope to see you again with another guide on the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2023). See you all in the next one!

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on November 9, 2023

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