Slow internet speeds can be annoying when you’re trying to play online games. Fortunately, there’s a way to fix that issue. Here are five things you can do to increase your WiFi speeds, making your online gaming experience faster and better:
1. Check your internet connection speeds
Start by checking what your WiFi speeds currently are at. This will give you a good idea on how much more you need to improve your wireless network. Better internet speeds will improve your internet connection, which will make gaming a great experience. (No more lag.)
There are a few ways that you can check your WiFi speeds by using speed tests. A WiFi, or internet, speed test will help you identify a good WiFi speed for gaming. Since gaming requires a lot of support, you are likely to look for speeds ranging between 20-25 Mbps if not faster.
2. Check your router
Optimizing your router can boost your WiFi speeds for gaming. Here’s a few things to check:
- Reboot your router (Let’s face it, your ISP will suggest you do this first)
- Place your router in an optimal location in your home
- Remove any obstacles that may be blocking your WiFi signal Adjust the antennas
- Upgrade to a new generation router (Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax for example)
- Have a router specifically for gaming (dedicate a second router for gaming traffic)
3. Manage your bandwidth
You can secure more bandwidth suitable for gaming by closing out applications that are using it up. Whether you know about it or not, there’s always some kind of app running in the background, sucking up your Internet bandwidth. When this happens, lag occurs.
If you have the user permission to do so, close out unnecessary things like security scans, chat messengers or app updates. Removing these from the background will help increase speeds and reduce lag.
4. Stabilize and speed up your connection with MoCA adapters
Using a wired connection to supplement your WiFi network will help you get the speedy, solid, and stable connection you need for online gaming. MoCA technology is plug-and-play, meaning that you plug in the adapters and go. Set up really is that easy. MoCA technology creates a data “superhighway” directly to your gaming device, delivering speeds of up to 1 Gbps*.
By simply using MoCA Network Adapters or MoCA WiFi Extenders, you can make your home network much more reliable for online gaming. Learn more about MoCA Network Adapters and WiFi Extenders on Actiontec’s Complete Guide to MoCA.
5. Optimize your WiFi network
Managing your home wireless network helps optimize every device’s performance, including your gaming devices. Managing your WiFi means keeping inventory of all of your devices, making sure everything is running at its best performance, security is in check, troubleshoots happen automatically, and more. That’s a lot to keep up with on your own manually.
Imagine how much time you could save (hello, more time to game) and guesswork you could save if someone else did the work for you. That’s why using a WiFi management tool like Optim is a great solution. Optim helps you get your wireless network running efficiently and identifies any troubleshoot opportunities.
When your WiFi network is completely managed, your online gaming experience improves.
Don’t worry about interruptions anymore. Make your online gaming experience the best every time you jump on. Optim Managed Wi-Fi solution is available through reputable internet service providers (ISP). You can call and ask yours about Optim today.
Applying all of these tips will help you boost your WiFi speeds for online gaming. You can learn more about home networking and Wi-Fi speeds with Actiontec’s Complete Guide to Wi-Fi Networking which deep-dives into everything you need to know about Wi-Fi. For the latest news in technology, check out Actiontec’s blog.