How to Optimize Your Home Internet for Gaming

Between the newest Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch consoles, there are video games out there for everyone to enjoy—no matter your age or expertise. However, having the newest console doesn’t mean you’re well-equipped to avoid the latency and long download times that can hinder online gaming. 

To make the most of your online gaming experience, check out the tips below from GetWindstream to optimize your home internet

Review Your Internet Plan

If you notice extra latency, also known as lag, while you play, your internet plan may be to blame. Test your internet speed to make sure you have high-speed internet with symmetrical upload and download speeds. While you’re at it, double-check that your plan doesn’t cap your data so your internet speed always stays as fast as possible. When your internet plan has a data cap, you’re limited on how much data you can use before your internet speed slows down. 

If fiber internet is available in your area, consider upgrading from a traditional copper connection—you can expect better signal strength and more bandwidth as a result. Many fiber plans go up to 1,000 Mbps, but even a 400 Mbps plan will keep you securely in the game.

Remove Excess Devices

How many phones, virtual assistants, TVs, and smart appliances do you have hooked up to your Wi-Fi? To help boost speeds all-around, remove unnecessary devices from your Wi-Fi while they’re not in use so your bandwidth isn’t spread thin. If you really need all of your smart devices at your beck and call, it could be time for a plan or tech upgrade.

Upgrade Your Technology

While most people hope to plug in a modem and router and never think about them again, it’s important to keep this technology up-to-date for the best possible speeds. If several years have passed since your last purchase, consider upgrading these tools so you can get the most out of your internet connection.

Extend Your Wi-Fi

So you’ve selected a fast fiber internet plan, removed extra devices, and have the newest technology, but you’re just out of range—what now? A Wi-Fi extender is the solution. This simple piece of equipment boosts your network’s range throughout your home so you can game from every room with ease.

Plug into Ethernet

If none of the solutions above work, plug directly into your ethernet cable! While Wi-Fi is cordless and convenient, an ethernet cable often provides faster, more reliable speeds with less lag. Plugging your console in directly will give you the fastest internet possible from your plan. 

Whether you’re new to gaming or make a living by streaming on Twitch, we hope these tips will help you make the most of your video game setup. All that you have left to do is settle in, grab some snacks, and prepare to take down the final boss. 

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