In order to play online games you require a good internet connection. This connection, unfortunately, may be plagued by lagging, slow speed or even frequent disconnections. With the advent of broadband internet and home networks, internet users were exposed to a whole host of new problems related to something most of us have had or still have inside their homes: a home router. Opening ports, other people saturating your network connection and messing up your game, IP address conflicts, you name it. None of these should be a problem if you properly configure your router. Here is how to configure a router for gaming, home, office etc.. .
[su_box title=”IMPORTANT” style=”glass” radius=”0″]Before we start, Network Address Translation(NAT) is a technology that allows the one IP address Internet Service Providers(ISP) give to a home account to be shared across all the devices in that home’s network. Therefore, all of those devices connect via the same router.[/su_box]
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- Ensure that no two devices within your home are connected to the same router. If possible, allow only a single device to stay connected to said router until you’ve finished router configuration
- You should consider having a dedicated router for your elite gaming devices and that none of the other devices are connected to it
- Ethernet cable will always be faster than Wi-Fi connections for the foreseeable future. Wi-Fi will always have things like noise and interference.
- Your router may not have all of the essential options available or they could be called different but you have to make sure to read the tooltip and apply them as necessary.
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- Switch to Wired Ethernet. Ethernet are always consistent more than Wi-Fi connections because they offer reliable data transfer rate without incurring radio frequency cross-talk, which occurs when several devices on the same Wi-Fi channel try to perform tasks at the same time. Depending on your router, Ethernet may also offer a higher speed than using wireless networking.
- Configure Port Forwarding. Port forwarding specifies a path for specific data to travel along through your router and your computer. By setting up port forwarding, you can improve your connection’s speed and reduce network lag during gaming. Port forwarding has two steps; configure your computer or game console to have a static IP address, then assign the ports for your game.
- Double NAT. Check to ensure that you don’t have two devices both performing double-natting which slows down the gaming process. Only one routing device performing NAT in a network, typically this is the wireless router or the cable/DSL modem-access point.
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- 802.11 n Support should be On for N devices.
- WMM Settings should be on, with priority settings for your specific game.
- Frequency and bandwidth should be set to 5 GHz and 40 MHz respectively.
- AP Isolate and IP Flood Detection should be set off.
- Multicast Rate is best disabled.
- Preamble Type should be set short.
- Beacon and DTIM Interval must be as high as possible.
- TX Burst, WMM APSD and Ack Suppression should be enabled.
- Optimize AMPDU Aggregation and Airtime Fairness should be disabled.
[su_highlight]Remember: Lagging games, frequent disconnections, and slow internet connections are the most common problems for gamers worldwide. None of these should be an issue if congestion can be reduced and allocate a dedicated router for gaming purposes only. Ethernet connections are more reliable than Wi-Fi as far as data transfer is concerned, yet Wi-Fi networks are more easy to setup.[/su_highlight]