How to optimize your existing network

You don’t need to get expensive gaming router to up the performance out of your network. Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of what you already have. 

Quality of Service (QoS)

Quality of Service is a router feature that prioritizes certain data packets for certain connected devices. It comes in handy when multiple users are on the same network and all doing network-intensive activities. Enabling this service will allow you to prioritize your gaming unit to higher than other services or devices on your network.

Hardwire over wifi (always)

When gaming, you should always prefer Ethernet (gigabit if you have it) over Wi-Fi. Always. Wifi does make things a lot more convenient but you will be sacrificing quiet a bit with latency and packet-loss.

Updates and Reboots

When something goes wrong with tech, the first troubleshooting step is always the same… turn it off and on again. This is no different with routers, which have a habit of weakening connectivity over time.  Some routers allow you to schedule a reboot, which is very useful if you do it monthly overnight. Another important piece is checking the manufactures website for updates. These come out periodically and often optimize the hardware for changes in networks and technology. DD-WRT is an excellent piece of software that allows you do to many of the things mentioned above. You can find it here

 

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