So I ran a tracert to a few Quake Live servers to try and figure out why my ping is so high even to servers ~100 miles away and found this trend.

Ping Router (0ms) > Modem (1ms) > Local Router/Hub (26ms, only 1 mile away.)

Is this normal?

In virtually every game now to Dallas servers (Roughly 80 miles away) I ping 33-40. Used to ping 15-17 to Dallas in all games.

I think the local hub is over stressed now because I live in a rural area and got a lot of new neighbors with kids who bought land/built homes here now.