Online gaming, especially competitive multiplayer is not just about skill. Your Internet connection can a a critical piece to your success and failure in matches. Believe it or not, your router settings could hold the key to your success in your next Call of Duty Black Ops 3 team deathmatch!
If you are like me, you probably don’t have your own dedicated Internet connection. I’m betting you are sharing it with someone else, like your spouse and kids who are always surfing the net or worse, watching YouTube or Netflix. As a result, your online multiplayer connection may not be as good as you want it to be. It can easily be the difference between life or death!
First thing’s first. You should be directly wired from your router to your gaming console. Avoid going wireless. That’s a MUST. Now, here’s a quick and easy tip to make your online gaming experience just a bit better. I don’t have a special gaming router like a Netduma but I do have a ASUS RT-N66R which is a great mid priced router that has lots of networking features. I’ve even flashed a custom Merlin firmware that gives me even more control. Check your settings on your router and look for QOS. Quality of Service (QoS) ensures bandwidth for prioritized tasks and applications. Basically, this means that you can set your console to be highest priority so that it takes whatever bandwidth it needs before giving the remaining amount to any other device that is connected. So if you are computing with your wife who is watching the latest episode of Orange is the New Black, your connection will take priority.
You don’t need to be a network administrator to figure this out but you may need to Google how to do it for your particular router brand as each one has slightly different configurations and settings.
It should look something like this:
- If you haven’t already, set your Xbox/Playstation with a static IP address so that it doesn’t change.
- Connect to your router as Administrator
- Look for QOS settings. It’s usually under something like Advanced setup or Traffic Manager
- Enable QOS
- Add custom user rules where you add your Xbox/Playstation’s IP address and set that to Highest Priority
- Set everything else to just below that Priority. PRO TIP: Feel free not to tell anyone of your family members you’ve done this 🙂
- Profit and know that you now have the best connection possible at your house.
If you have a cheap or basic router, it might not have these features. I highly recommend that you get yourself a decent one. Not only does it have more features but it will have better all around performance, wireless range, etc.