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This is how wireless gaming networks work

This is how wireless gaming networks work

In the world there are billion online gamers. Million up, million down. In the lead, China, South Korea and Japan. By 2025, the figure will be 1.3 billion. Players who mainly use computers but also consoles such as PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch and even smartphones or tablets. The fact is that gaming is in a good moment. And especially the online gaming. On the one hand, dozens of free and paid online games, and on the other, the broadband boom via wired or wireless connection.

What does an online player need from the point of view of his Internet network? A good bandwidth that reaches high speeds and a connection with low latency and transmission stability. And this is possible both with a wired network installation and a wireless connection via WiFi. Yes, for enjoy wireless gaming certain requirements are necessary that affect the router and your gaming computer.

Getting your wireless connection to work properly involves play online in perfect conditions. This means having access to the game servers without problems, exchanging impressions in real time with the other players, with text messages or directly by voice, and moving around the stage without delay. Ultimately, achieve good gaming experience. Let’s see how to achieve it and what impediments must be overcome.

Wireless networks and online gaming

We said there is several factors that determine that your wireless connection is suitable for playing online. To begin with, every Internet connection is designed for data transmission in good condition, whatever they are. But there are tasks and tasks. It doesn’t require the same network effort to stream video as it does to send an email or load a web page.

In reality, online gaming “uses a relatively small amount of data compared to other activities, such as streaming video,” in the words of wireless technology giant Intel. But although the data required to play online are few, they must Reach your destination in the shortest possible time.

have a good bandwidth It is essential to play online. American internet provider Xfinity speaks of a minimum of 3 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. but the own Xfinity considers that to achieve a complete experience, the ideal would be to have a 300 Mbps connection. Precisely, it is the average speed that providers such as Movistar offer to their customers if they hire fiber optics.

But in addition to speed, there are other aspects that also influence. To start, play online with a wireless connection sharing assumes that the contracted speed is distributed among several simultaneous tasks. If you play online while another person watches Movistar Plus+ and another person talks on a video call, the online game can suffer.

Latency, the great enemy of the gamer

If we talk about online gaming or online gaming, it is inevitable to deal with the issue of lag, ping or latency. A problem that occurs more frequently in wireless networks than in wired networks and is measured in milliseconds. The ideal number is 20 ms or milliseconds. From there, the online gaming experience will be affected. However, there are those who value a ping of between 60 and 100 milliseconds. And the catastrophic figure, the point of no return, would be in the 150 milliseconds.

While 60 milliseconds may seem silly, high latency can mean your character moves later than they should. Namely, the longer it takes for your orders to arrive to your character in the online game, the more likely it is that situations such as clumsy movement will occur. In an action game it means taking shots from your rivals or shooting at nothing. In a soccer game, getting the ball taken from you or not stopping a goal in time.

For reduce latency we can take several measures. First, play on geographically close online servers. The server location matter. It also helps that be the only one using the connection wireless at the time. Try unplugging other devices if you don’t need them. Finally, the configuration of your router also influences the gaming experience to be adequate.

Reduce latency with gaming functionality

If you are a Movistar fiber optic customer, you may be familiar with the Smart WiFi mobile application. Free and available for iPhone and Android, it is used to set up your wireless connection and your Smart WiFi router from your phone. Instead of going to the router options from your IP and the web browser, as was the case years ago.

Among the functions that this application integrates, the gaming functionality. It is used to prioritize the Internet connection and make the router reserve more bandwidth for your gaming computer or your video game console. It is easily activated. We open the Smart WiFi app, enter Deviceswe choose the one we want to prioritize, and we are going to Smart Wi Fi Services > Gaming. There you can activate or deactivate the gaming functionality and thus reduce the latency of online gaming.

The advantages of playing online with WiFi 6

And if it is about playing online via wireless connection, it is convenient to dedicate a space to WiFi, the technology that makes it possible for data travels wirelessly from your router to your computer, console or mobile gaming device. And more specifically, let’s talk about WiFi 6the most recent standard that has been implemented in recent years.

Right now, most of the devices we have in our homes use the WiFi 5 standard. Switching to the WiFi 6 standard means improvements in several aspects: speed, stability, latency, simultaneous connections, power consumption… For example. At a theoretical level, WiFi 5 reaches speeds of 6.9 Gbps, while WiFi 6 goes up to 9.6 Gbps. In practice, a router with Wi Fi 6 offers a connection with 3.5 times the speed and 25% greater coverage.

Furthermore, it is compatible with previous standards, so old devices can continue to connect to the router. Of course, with the benefits and speeds of the previous standard. For example, two parallel connections or networks are maintained: the 2.4 GHz one and the 5 GHz one. The first one is slower but goes further. The second offers more speed but in short distances.