The Lag Switch

Introduction: The Lag Switch

Yes how low can a online gamer go? Well here is the answer to a question that has long dominated the world of online gaming  "why is my connection so slow?" The answer is either your computer cant handle the game or someone is using one of theses suckers...a lag switch. the ible is all about creating your own so you too can also annoy the hell out of your fellow gamers.

Step 1: Materials

Materials are few in this project. Please note the amount of each item is in the [ ].

- Cat5e Cable (internet cord) [1]
- Switch, any toggle kind. [1]
- Soldering Iron and Solder.
- Extra wire.
- Case. [Optional]

Step 2: "Hack" the Cat5e Cable

Carefully open the plastic casing on the Cat5e cable to reveal the inner wires. Be sure NOT to cut any of them other wise this project will not work. Find the SOLID ORANGE wire and separate it from the rest. then when you have enough space cut it in two and strip the wires.

Step 3: Solder on the Switch

Now grab your switch and solder the split orange wire to the switch points as shown in the diagram below.

Step 4: What It Should Look Like So Far...

Kind of a pointless step I know but below is a picture of what your Lag Switch should look like so far.

Step 5: Completion

Congratulations you are done! to use the Lag Switch is quite simple... start an online match, when the game starts or if your being attacked flick the switch into the off position and voila your team and opponents connection will slow or stop completely while you run around killing anyone you please! Finish off your lag switch by sticking it in a case or if your eager to get some well deserved revenge plug one end of the cable to your console and the other to your nearest internet jack and start making those online jerks cry their hearts out! Just a word of warning (I bet you weren't expecting this!), manipulation of the network is frowned apoun by the online community and could get you banned or have your online membership suspended, so please use the Lag Switch appropriately and only when necessary; thanks.



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    23 Discussions

    Guys so far this method is "patched" or has been updated because of server updates but there is a "jailbreak method that helps or improves lag. The cord needs to be a PS4 or Xbox 1 charger. The casing needs to be split open so the wiring is exposed. Once this is done pull the green cord out and attach the switch from either end. Once done you will need to connect the adapter to your PS4 or XBOX 1 port and then to your controller. The small switch may hang off but i bought a small compartment and placed the switch and any extensive cords in it. Only use when needed because if left on it may drain power out of your controller, not maintain power. This method is a more firm one that does not dismantle your amount of lag in your view, but increases the way that people see your "lag". Subscribe to my channel Revixz as I show that I am way better with "lagswitch" XXXDDD

    This doesn't work anymore

    Every time i turn off the switch to try it, it kicks me offline

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    Hello, this instructable is 6 years old, I even forgot I authored it (lol). I'm fairly certain this no longer works as the net code for consoles has been vastly upgraded since.

    I used an ordinary on off button and connected it to the solid orange wire but when I turned the button it completely lagged me out of the game

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    thats because the buttons are normally push on ... it needs to be push off

    What do u mean push cause i have a flip on and off switch

    Psycosisnine is correct the button needs to be in the on position all the time then when you want to lag flick it off. That is the reason I suggest using a toggle switch.

    The light will have is own prong, if it's not used it won't matter.

    I'd say it might. considering that this is a data line were turning off and on there is a good possibility that a LED might disrupt the data flowing through it. In my own opinion I wouldn't try it. If you do try it, let me know if it works well.

    Hope this helps

    well so far i havent power the light but its working fine without it. thanks alot

    Okay, so I watched a video on YouTube of how to make a lagswitch by Household hacker. I did everything it told me to do and then when I try signing in it disconnected me and I can't sign in with it on. Does anyone know how to fix this?

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    Make sure the switch is on the "on" position when you sign iN. To use it during a game flip the switch to an off position.

    Do these still work? I built one years ago for my younger brother, I think he used it while playing Socom. Fun memory.

    Who ever doesn't have this part for there gaming PC is a fool i might add a lock to it to make sure i don't hit it by accident or use it all the time a lock will remind me to be mindful and think before i hit it because of a noob.

    do we need to plug it into a computer?