If you play competitive online games, you know that it doesn’t matter how fast your screen or responsiveness is, if the connection to the game server is not there. Besides, there are more fun things to do than sit and wait longer than necessary for the new game to finish downloading. Here are some tips on how to make your network more suitable for gaming.
1. Adaptive QoS – prioritize your gaming traffic
If you only have one router at home, which you are also not alone in using, and if someone is in a video call and others are streaming movies while you are playing and trying to rank up, then the extra load on the network can be decisive if it is you or the opponent who hits first. Unfortunately, not everyone at home appreciates your low ping as much as you do. Therefore, it is especially important that you have a router that does this, and can automatically adjust the type of speed and response time each user needs.
That is the purpose of Adaptive Quality of Service, or Adaptive QoS. Quality of Service comes in several different versions and constitutes a category of methods for prioritizing network traffic – it is not a standard, but works in different ways depending on the type of network. Both your mobile operator and broadband provider use some form of QoS to prioritize certain types of traffic over others so that everyone on the network gets the best possible experience without negatively impacting other users. The same type of technology can also be used in your home router, for example using Adaptive QoS.
Dedicated gaming port prioritizes your gaming
A good router makes it easy to activate Adaptive QoS to prioritize your gaming traffic. But even easier solution here is to have a dedicated network port for gaming. If you connect your computer to the game port on ASUS RT-AX86Uyou will be guaranteed favorable network performance when playing, without having to mess around with any settings.
Some types of QoS allow you to manually set a maximum upload and download speed for specific devices on the network, for example if you have a NAS that regularly needs to send or receive large files without disrupting movie viewing or gaming. Others, like Adaptive QoS, are smarter than that. Adaptive QoS prioritizes a specific type of traffic, such as games or video calls, and automatically recognizes that type of traffic regardless of the computer, phone or tablet it comes from. In that case, that traffic is prioritized over others, but not so much that others online have a bad experience. You can decide for yourself in which order different types of internet use should be prioritized.
2. Wifi 6 – get the most out of your wifi
Wifi 6, or 802.11ax which is the standard’s more technical name, brings with it several important new technologies for those of you who only have one router at home, and perhaps especially for those of you who play on the internet.
Upgrade at your own pace with AiMesh
In many cases, a powerful router will go a long way, but your network needs may change over time. Maybe there are several users at home, or maybe you rearrange the furniture and realize that the corner at the far end of the living room could be a good gaming corner if only it had a little better WiFi coverage. ASUS AiMesh makes it easy to upgrade your existing network to a mesh network, instead of having to buy a whole new mesh router package.
With older wifi standards, such as Wifi 4 and 5, the router can only send data to one device at a time. If more than one device is connected and trying to retrieve information from the Internet at the same time, the router must quickly switch between the devices. Each such switch means a short pause, which in turn results in longer response times. Wifi 6 brings with it the technologies OFDMA, (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access) and MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output), which enable the router to communicate over several channels completely parallel, completely without pause. This can make a big difference in ping when gaming, especially if others at home want to use the internet at the same time.
3. 2.5 Gbit ethernet – future-proof for super-fast fiber
Wireless networking has made great strides with technologies like Wifi 6, but you’ll still always get the best performance if you can run a physical cable between your router and computer. In addition, more and more households are starting to access fiber connections with maximum speeds in excess of 1 Gbps – so there is great value in ensuring your router has a high-capacity wired connection. Not least as modern games get bigger and bigger, you can download sizes upwards of 100 GB or more.
1 Gbit/s, 2 Gbit/s or 2.5 Gbit/s – combine according to your needs
There are several ways to get high speeds on the network, and ASUS RT-AX86 allowing you to choose which ways suit you best. A network port with 2.5 Gbit/s capacity can be used either for LAN or WAN, depending on whether you want to use it for, for example, a NAS or for your internet connection. In addition, two standard 1 Gbit/s ports can be combined using network aggregation, for a total capacity of 2 Gbit/s between, for example, the router and the computer.
The fastest wired network standard available to consumers today has a maximum speed of 10 Gbit/s, but such fast connections are still available in relatively few and expensive computers and routers. However, a good compromise is the 2.5 Gbit/s standard, which is already found in several low-cost consumer routers and newer computers. A maximum speed of 2.5 Gbit/s is well and good enough to be ready for faster internet connections for several years to come, or to build up a fast and reliable connection on your local network, for example to a NAS that handles many large files or that are used by several users at the same time.
Gaming routers for those who only want the best
With its ROG series, ASUS offers a number of different models specially adapted to gaming with high performance and stability. Routers that are very suitable for gaming in addition to ASUS RT-AX86U is ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 and ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX6000.