One of the biggest upgrades in the newly launched PS4 “Slim” and PS4 Pro is dual band wireless support. This is great news for gamers who love to play online, especially when it comes to multiplayer games.
Until recently, a wired connection was best suited for gaming because of its lower latency and interference. But dual-band networks have the potential to help gamers get the most out of their wireless performance to optimize their gaming experience.
While most new routers (802.11n or newer) have dual band capabilities (2.4GHz and 5GHz), gaming consoles have only supported 2.4Ghz until now.
So what’s the issue with 2.4Ghz? Well, The 2.4GHz is typically best suited for covering a broader range but is compromised in terms of performance. Additionally, the 2.4GHz band is prone to interference from other WiFi devices, nearby WiFi routers, Bluetooth devices, Microwaves and other appliances. These interference sources can affect your gaming experience significantly.
The good news is that switching to a 5GHz band can help mitigate the effects of interference and significantly improve performance. Although the 5GHz band doesn’t have the same range as 2.4GHz, there are fewer devices using the band and the signal is more concentrated within its shorter range. This means that even if there are more devices on the 5Ghz band, they will only cause interference if these devices are in close proximity to each other.
Quick tips on WiFi bands for gaming:
- Put all low-bandwidth demanding devices on 2.4GHz
- Use the 5GHz band for high-bandwidth demanding devices
- Place the gaming console within close proximity of the WiFi router
- Consider upgrading the router if it doesn’t support 5GHz and/or lacks performance
- Consider installing an 11ac Wireless Network Extender if you want to use the gaming console away from the router. For example, if your router is in the living room but your gaming console is in the bedroom, you can extend the network without compromising your gaming experience.
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