Is choosing a gaming router and then setting it up by plugging in wires enough? Buying a new router and then setting it up is not a straightforward plug and play a task. But one shouldn’t be frightened off the setup procedure of a router.
However, lately, many companies that produce different types of routers that make connecting to the network extremely easy. Moreover, just being connected to the network is not only the sole purpose of the router; aspects like security and performance also play a crucial role in achieving better outcomes. Gamers need to set up their WiFi for gaming then and adequately optimize it as well for enjoying a reasonable speed.
To begin, you must have a running router, or you must purchase one, ideally one made for gaming.
In order to make sure you get the full features out of your router and network, follow the following steps.
Placement and Setup
- It is essential to place your WiFi router at a proper place around your home. The meaning therefore, it should be set up in and around the center of the property for the most effective performance. It is to be noted that particular steel and glass objects and solid walls can block WiFi signals and diminish signal strength.
- The first step to ensuring a proper connection is attaching your router to the modem through an ethernet cable. This connection can be made by connecting the ethernet cable into the WAN (wide-area-network) port on the back of the router. This port can be easily found as it is clearly labeled with the letters “WAN” on it. The other end must be inserted into the modem. Then plug in the router, and you are good to go.
- Several routers can be set up through smartphones, and in many cases, there are dedicated apps for configuration. However, many routers lack the presence of an app. In that case, the router can be set up by connecting the router to a computer through an ethernet cable and typing in the URL (example: 192.168.1.1) in your browser and following the instructions for connection.
- To enable your network, a network username and password must be entered on the URL mentioned above. In many cases, it is written at the back of the router, and at times it is “admin” for both username and password. It must be noted that hackers might know such simple usernames and passwords, so it should be ensured that the username and password are changed afterward.
Note: There is no specific way to configure a router. The best way for the configuration is to give a full read to the user manual provided with the router pack and use it to install and configure the router.
Optimizing Your Router
Now, we are done with the setup part. It is time to dig into the advanced tab of your router because here the wonders happen related to optimization.
QoS – Quality of Service
Quality of Service is important if you want to prioritize traffic. Gaming routers have default settings to give priority to gaming applications. But, if you’re going to set the priority for your system or any application specifically, then enter the MAC number of the device. However, it is an old practice, as now routers are coming with more intuitive, graphical approaches for setting device priorities.
The latest routers have settings tabs that also let you see the average usage of devices. You can restrict the bandwidth to a particular device as well. Users should navigate to a tab typically named something like, traffic meter, traffic monitor, or any heading like this. Many routers do not have this feature, but you can monitor the traffic through several services available online such as PRTG.
The best way to enjoy the excellent network speed is to use a wired connection from a PC to a router. There are two bandwidth available: 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz. The later one is older, and it is often used by wireless peripherals such as Bluetooth signals and wireless keyboards. So, these surroundings run off this bandwidth and cause congestion. Contrarily, 5 GHz is the latest bandwidth and provides more speed than 2.4 GHz. So, it is not feasible for you to have a wired connection. Prefer using 5 GHz bandwidth for the better gaming experience. The range of this frequency is low. Your system should be placed near the router for minimum lags.
Sometimes drivers start updating out of the blue. It could become the source of annoying lags during competitive gaming. The best you can do is to keep checking them for new updates. Otherwise, they could interfere in the worst ways.
The tips mentioned above will help you have a better gaming experience. However, they will not work unless and until you have the right internet package. Additionally, buy the routers of trusted companies so that you won’t regret your purchase later on. Your router and ISP package must complement each other for the best results.