There’s nothing that ruins gaming more than lag.
Whether you’re gunning down terrorists in Counter-Strike, trying to combo off with Gadgetzan Auctioneer in Hearthstone, or trying to all in with Riven in League of Legends, network problems can get in the way of your gaming success.
If you’re new to PC gaming, you might not have any idea that the main culprit slowing you down is your network connection — whether it’s the way the internet routes your game data or your WiFi connection. If you’re using a traditional VPN (virtual private network) it may be helping to reduce your ping overall, but you’re basically using the same traffic routes as everyone else with only a slight advantage over regular network users.
Wireless can be an extremely disruptive force for your gaming. In this article, we’re going to show you three reasons WiFi might be killing your gaming success and share one tip for improved routing.
WiFi is a fast and convenient way to get online, but that convenience also means that it’s easier for intruders to gain access to your internet connection. Weak passwords, or worse yet no passwords, allow outsiders access to your internet. Once others have access to your network, there’s no telling what effect the intruders will have, but increased latency and jitter are most common, especially if they are hogging your bandwidth.
If you must use WiFi, use strong security, like WPA2 (at the time of this writing), and choose a secure and complex password.
Wireless is subject to rampant instability due to interference from other devices such as baby monitors, microwaves and even other routers on the same frequency. All of these can cause problems such as packet loss, higher latency and jitter. While newer routers generally aren’t quite as vulnerable to this kind of interference, there is still increased latency associated with it.
Out of Range
While it makes sense intuitively, many people do not realize how limited in range the wireless capabilities of their routers are. Once you get further than 150 feet, you will start to notice network problems like increased latency and packet loss. This is worsened by multiple walls, floors or other obstructions. In these cases, it’s almost always better to just plug directly in, even if it requires lengthy ehternet cables or creative wiring solutions.
These issues can put undue strain on your network and cause problems in online gaming. As always, the best solution is just to plug directly into your router. But to take things a step further, and increase your chances for gaming success, try Haste for free and see how it can reduce lag and improve your network stability, while giving you the tools you need to play smart.
- Dedicated Fast Lanes: Private fiber optic links + other custom infrastructure = better Internet
- Redundant Paths: Using multiple data paths at the same time = no single point of failure
- Real-time Optimization: Constant connection updates so you’re always using the best paths
Haste is designed to intelligently direct game traffic from your PC to the game’s servers. We route your traffic over our customized network to connect directly to the game servers you’re playing on. Don’t let networking kill your fun, get back in the game with Haste.