Alright so I run a 40 slot DarkRP server (inb4 dumb ratings), I’ve been with XenonServers for years, and it was fine until I upgraded to 40 slots, now whenever I get 35+ players (i.e. always during peak hours), gameplay becomes very laggy. I know people say DarkRPs networking is “bad” but as a Lua scripter myself I’ve looked at it and I don’t see how it could be any better (I know the current system was bad at first because it constantly used datastream, but that was changed ages ago). Looking further into it, using net_graph 5, the main problem seems to be the servers FPS, I have it set to 33 tick but with large numbers of players, the server FPS indicator is coloured red, and the number is usually between 2 and 5. I’m not quite sure how this can be improved using Lua, so any advice on that would also be helpful, however to me, a bad server FPS seems to suggest a low-performance box, or one with too many servers crammed onto it (correct me if I’m wrong here).
Now, I know XenonServers is renowned for being cheap (I pay $27.50 a month for 40 slots), and they’re not very helpful when it comes to DDoS attacks (we had a major one a couple of months ago and they just terminated our hosting, so we made a new account), fortunately they don’t seem to do that any more, but it makes you wonder what else could get your service terminated that isn’t your fault. We’ve stuck with them cause they were so cheap, but from selling “respected status” I’ve been making ~$200 a month in these last couple of months, which obviously means that cost is no longer going to be an issue. I would rather avoid renting a dedicated box as they are very expensive from what I can tell, and I’m not entirely confident in using one.
So, I was wondering if finding a better host would fix my issues with lag at 35+ players, and if so, what hosts are good for performance? (cost not really an issue)