Online gaming is popular and a lot of fun, but it requires a good internet connection. Buying an internet service package with a lot of bandwidth is not the only factor in a good experience.
Here are some setup tips for online gamers.
- Have the most up-to-date firmware on your router and turn on the quality of service (QoS) feature. Most routers have a QoS feature that can be optimized for gaming related internet traffic.
- Updating to a gaming router is also an option in addition to step one. Gaming routers are more advanced than the standard router that your internet service provider (ISP) initially installed. They are able to handle the multiple devices that are connected to your WiFi network (phones, tables, smart home devices, etc.)
- Setup a virtual private network (VPN) for your gaming. VPNs are used in order to provide an extra layer of security while you are online. A gaming VPN makes sure your data takes the fastest route possible to the games host computer and back to you. If you do choose to use a VPN, make sure it is from a trusted source. Typical VPNs can slow down a connection while making it more secure. Be sure to do your homework about gaming-specific VPNs.
- If connecting your computer to your router via an ethernet cable is an option, then prefer this option to using WiFi. An ethernet connection also known as hardwiring will be less susceptible to interference and packet loss which can happen over WiFi.