This article was last updated on September 1, 2020
What can I say, gamers are always looking for years to increase their chances of winning. Today, we’re going to give you a walkthrough on the best modem settings for gaming to get that competitive edge.
Learning the basics
Let’s learn baby steps first before we can get funky with the steps (is the word “funky” still in?) For starters, it’s important to note that a solid network is what keeps robust gaming alive and kicking.
In other words, it’s considered to be its foundation. With that being said, we can connect it to bandwidth as its key. Defining bandwidth to the world of computer networking, this is known as how much the data can be directed going up and down.
Of course, I’m referring about the physical cabling. Some people call it as radio frequencies.
If you’re a beginner, it would be better to visualize this thing as a pipe’s diameter. So if it’s the network used in your home, you can say that the router is more a way of connecting to the source in the city.
Now we’re going to need to go over the basic stuff, meaning you have to reboot both the cable modem and router. This will only take about a minute to get it over with.
Please make sure that you have your running with the most recent firmware. If not, do the necessary procedures to get it updated. You see, this newer ones allow optimization. At the same time, you can patch the router.
I’d also like to add that it’s not a great idea to navigate thru the use of its built-in software. Most of the time, the information isn’t accurate. It would be best for you to directly to the manufacturer’s site.
Another thing that you need to do is to connect your PC straight to the modem. You should be using an Ethernet cable for ideal results. Lastly, you need to check out the speeds from the ISP by running it to a test.
When there’s something off with your speeds, make sure you contact them right away. It’s going to get ugly when you’re unaware that the concern is actually outside from the local network.
Get the right hardware
Gamers are more likely to lean toward getting a wired connection. The reason is because it delivers a more stable and secure gaming experience. At the same time, it’s low in latency connection.
Most of the time, usage of CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cabling is more preferred than any other cabling. It give you lesser interference. Majority of the time, people seem to have a lot of CAT5e lying around.
So you can use it if you do have a bunch of those. But if we’re going to talk about longer distances, then CAT6 is definitely better over the previous one.
But there’s not a lot of gamers who would consider Wired Ethernet as their option. You see, renovation is required to get it properly connected. Wireless is a better choice for some people due to the convenience factor. It reduces security, latency, and other benefits of a wired cabling.
Router Quality of Service (QoS)
We can all testify that there are a lot of devices that are competing over your precious bandwidth. Because of this, we need the help of a technology that’s able to aid the traffic backed into its DNA.
What am I talking about? I’m referring to Quality of Service, most people would just call it QoS. This gives the gamer the power to act as a data traffic police.
Meaning, QoS has the function to choose significant data over the less-important streams. Let me paint you a picture of what’s life is going to be without it – you get to experience the continuous update downloads for the rest of your life. And yes, this means it’s as important as your gameplay data.
Basically speaking, you’re going to experience the things you’ve been avoiding the most. Games will stutter and stall while the system is updating itself.
But of course, this can be easily prevented with a QoS. Delivering a better gameplay experience without worrying about lags, and untimely updates.
There’s another thing that you need to note, and it’s the need to have another aid in intervention. Naturally, you would want to shape and prioritize the traffic. Of course, that’s in the same pace of the device. This is where Killer NIC comes in.
For those of you who still remember a couple years of back of Killer NIC, you know that how notorious it was because of its price tag and unfavorable feedback. However, things have changed since then.
These days, Killer NIC is everywhere when it comes to gaming motherboards. It’s been integrated by top-tier manufacturers with the likes of Acer, MSI, Gigabyte, and many more.
There’s a valuable reason why it has stolen the hearts of gamers. This is because of its Advanced Stream Direct 2.0. If you’re not sure of what it is, it’s an awesome software that does all the work for you. It priorities traffic. There are six, and these are:
- Gaming and real time audio (VoIP)
- Chat, instant messaging
- Video streaming
- General web
- Low priority web (Dropbox, Windows Updates)
- Bulk download (Torrents)
I bet you already know where I’m going with this – it’s basically the QoS on the side of your PC. It has the capacity to configure the limitations of bandwidth. Of course, it separates upload from download.
This is pretty sweet for the multitasking purposes. In addition, it has been geared to work together with a modern gaming router’s QoS tech.
Also, you’re going to like how this has a Double Shot Pro. This concept hasn’t been introduced to most people, this gives you the freedom to simultaneously get internet access from 2 different sources.