10 Tips For Faster Online Gaming + WiFi Connection

By | February 18, 2016

10 Hacks For Faster Online Gaming WiFi Connection

WiFi is always tricky to get working correctly especially when it comes to gaming.
 
So listed below are 10 tips to help your WiFi signal whether gaming or simply being online.
 
 
10…Powerline Adpater
Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port and 4-Port Network Adapter Set (PLSK400-NP)

Number ten is a powerline adapter we’re going to detail some great tips on how to get the best of a WiFi connection below. But sometimes it’s just not possible to get an existing signal to go farther.
 
Also its not super fun wiring the entire house when you don’t already have a built-in network. Fortunately someone came up with an amazing idea that plugs directly into your home’s electrical outlets and uses the wiring of your house as a network, and don’t tell me your game console or PC isn’t near an electrical outlet. Powerline adapters are not that expensive and they work really well.
 
 
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Number nine download apps for your smartphone to check the signal strength at different locations. This will show WiFi sweet spots and troubled locations.
 
Popular options are Network Analyzer on iOS and Android WiFi signal strength or WiFi analyzer you can use these apps to assist yourself when in finding trouble spots that need fixed.
 
 
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Number eight is find the best spot for your router. (Hint it’s not the floor) WiFi routers bounce signals all over the house. They bounce off the walls some signal managed to get through walls while some bounce off and dont get through.
 
Connecting to various areas in the room is actually a lot more complex than we think it is. Putting it on the floor drastically hinders your ability to make a connection with your devices
 
 
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Number seven, close all downloads and if possible other devices using the same connection.
 
For example let’s say you got online to do some death matches in a first-person shooter you want to close up all your downloads close up any applications that might be using the internet with your phone, time for airplane mode.
 
Just maximize the single connection between your PC or Console and the game’s multiplayer servers. Your internet connection will be faster when not being shared.
 
If there are many devices sharing a connection or downloads happening at the same time you’ll most likely see a big difference thanks to this.
 
 
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Number six parallel match your antennas.
 
A WiFi device works works best when its antenna is parallel to the antenna on the router.
 
So if you got two antennas on a router you don’t want them both facing up but one of them facing sideways.
 
It can really vary what direction the antenna in your device is pointing. You may have built your gaming PC and it may not be facing the direction necessary to get a great signal out of a vertical antenna. Conversely nowadays people like to put their game consoles vertically, and not to mention all of those who game on tablets and phones. Having one of your WiFi antenna straight up and one parallel to the ground is going to desperately help you. Because who knows what direction the antenna in your phone is facing.
 
 
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Find the right WiFi channel. Many people have almost no idea how important this is. There are 11 WiFi channels at 2.4 GHz and if you’re on the same channel as one of your neighbors could seem like your internet isn’t working at all depending on where their WiFi router is placed.
 
The 5 GHz WiFi frequency has more channels that can be used and was introduced to help with the congested 2.4 GHz band.
 
Dual band routers can use both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies to test which works best in your WiFi environment.
 
 
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DIY antenna boosting with aluminum foil or cans. This sounds dumb but it works it actually is proven to work some people have even created devices made of aluminum that are ready-made for boosting the signal of an antenna. It might sound a little hillbilly but putting a can on those antennas can actually make a difference. Now it’s not going to make unusable WiFi connection usable but it definitely will boost it a bit
 
 
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Install dd-wrt firmware on your router.
 
DD-wrt is kind of like a game mod for your router. Now you have to make sure that your router is supported by the firmware, obviously don’t install firmware that isn’t going to work on your router because you’ll be screwed. But using this firmware you’ll be able to do some significantly more powerful things with your router.
 
You’ll be able to directly change the frequency, you can change the power level, and a few other things that some manufacturers just don’t let you have the access to. Its seriously one of the best ways to enhance your internet connection and therefore your gaming connection.
 
 
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Number two get rid of interference and that means both from objects and other appliances in the household. Do you ride a bike? Don’t put in front of the router. Have a huge metal trophy collection? Don’t use it to hide your WiFi, and if your router is in the kitchen maybe dont put it so close to the microwave.
 
Anything that emits or could significantly disrupt radio waves or really any kind of waves you should be careful of the placement of in regards to your router.
 
 
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Finally number one set your router to reboot on a schedule. Around 80% of tech support calls for routers are fixed by rebooting the router that’s because these various things that can happen that basically just throw them out of whack.
 
Scheduling a reboot around three o’clock in the morning is going to keep your router fresh. If your router seems to not be working as good as it should be there’s a fairly large chance that it can be fixed simply by rebooting it.
 
A lot of people wait days and days and days, call into tech support, waste a ton of their own time and get told to reboot their router. Why not just have the thing do itself every morning. Maintaining a fresh connection will absolutely improve your experience on not just gaming but all of your Internet applications.
 
 
Do you have any other WiFi tips leave us a comment also let us know of you try any of them and what your results are.
 




 


 
 

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4 thoughts on “10 Tips For Faster Online Gaming + WiFi Connection

  1. Rosa Andreas

    Thanks for sharing informative article. I really want to know 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz band. What’s the difference between them. I know 5Ghz gives much speed than 2.4Ghz. I face the distance problem while use 5Ghz. So, plz tell me why 5Ghz band is use for small area and 2.4Ghz use for long distance.

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  2. Baxter Abel

    I appreciate your tip to reboot your router regularly in order to optimize your wifi signal. My wife and I have a router that works very well, the only time we’ve had a problem with it I called tech support for the company it’s from and all we needed to do was reboot the wifi router! Thanks for the other tips, we will be using them the next time we need stronger wifi signal.

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  3. Bryan Bayges

    Great article guys! I am a long time RF engineer and everything seems pretty spot on for basic troubleshooting. I would like to share 2 comments which the first I routinely educate people and businesses with regards to:

    1. Setting the Expectation (WiFi & Circuit Actual Bandwidth)
    Most people usually never start out with the correct expectation and understanding with regards to the difference between “advertised” bandwidth and “aggregate” throughput. Just because you have an 802.11N wireless router or access point that can do channel bonding, “support” up to speeds of a gigabyte and has all the bells and whistles does not mean that you actually get a gigabyte of even local “in-house” network connectivity speeds let alone internet connectivity speeds. So for simplicity purposes, say you go out to your local store and buy the latest 802.11AC wireless router which supports up to 1.75Gbps, the “advertised” bandwidth on the box. The best wireless performance standing right next to that new wireless router (assuming you even have an 802.11AC wireless client radio in your device that you are using) would be between 40%-50% of actual “aggregate” throughput (less than 1GB for a single device standing right next to it). Additionally, what good is an 802.11AC wireless router that can even support up to 100Gbps if all the devices in your home or business only have 802.11A/B/G (maybe N) wireless client radio’s in them that can only support slower connection speeds. And that’s just on the WiFi side of the router.

    As you mentioned in the article, WiFi is a shared medium so the more devices and applications using the network, the less available bandwidth there is to go around which also applies to the type of internet circuit being provided to a persons home. The circuit coming into the house (regardless of DSL or Cable) is a shared backbone medium as well and most if not all the time results in less bandwidth available during peak hours of usage and a couple other things. The discussion topic of which service type is superior, (DSL or Cable), is irrelevant to this article comment because we are simply discussing bandwidth availability and the expectation of how much is available for all the devices, applications and people needing to access the internet. A 50mb pipe of “advertised” bandwidth from a service provider is never truly 50Mb of what you actually get, just like the new 802.11AC wireless router you just purchased above. 50% of that number at best is more realistic and more times than not it is less than that depending upon a bunch of variables that a user can control (which this article addresses nicely on the WiFi side) and a bunch of variables that a user cannot control (which is for another article). As an example, a major variable that a user cannot control which plays a huge part on how fast your device operates over the internet and interacts with other applications and services is the server performance of the application or service you are trying to access and use. So if the server can only support a 2Mb user connection, than that is the maximum amount of bandwidth that you will get regardless if you had a 10Gb internet connection.

    2. In-Home Smartphone WiFi Performance Tip
    I really do not have the technical answer to this in-home WiFi tip for smartphones because the radio’s are on different frequencies and do not interfere with one another inside the device itself but this worked for my phone and my wife’s phone tremendously regarding the performance of the internet and gaming while at home with our smartphones using our high speed WiFi with 100Mb/25Mb internet service…. I turned off the wireless cellular data radio which left just the WiFi radio enabled for data services and wow!!! Night and day. I can actually open a website and have a game playing in the background at the same time. I googled the issue hoping to find a blog or past user fix and came up with nothing but so many people having the same issue as me so I just started playing around with the phone and this was what worked. I assume that the processor in the phone was getting mixed up and confused as to which signal path to push the data across which ultimately resulted in no data or very limited data getting passed at all and the phone becoming useless over my home WiFi network. The phones are supposed to be intelligent enough to select the best available path for the data to transmit and receive on but for whatever reason this was the magic trick. The bonus to our phones actually working over our WiFi was that we went from a shared 4GB data plan which we almost maxed out each month down to a shared 2GB plan which we are now challenged to even get close to (which makes me wonder a bit about how the data is being collected and charged on our cellular plan when connected and authenticated to a WiFi … another article maybe), assuming my wife doesn’t leave her Facebook and 10 other applications running all day and night AND remembers to turn off her cellular data radio when she gets home…. Let me also clarify that turning off your cellular data services does not stop any of your cellular voice or text services, just data and location services will be turned off which who wants to be located at home or anywhere really anyway unless you need it real quick to figure out where the hell you are.

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