From Fortnite to Overwatch, from Rocket League to League of Legends, online video games are more popular than ever . Consoles with cloud services like Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch sell extremely well. E-sports fill stadiums and the popularity of mobile games is growing steadily. These are great times for gamers, as long as they have a fast and stable Internet connection .
Although most online games do not require high speed, the focus remains on one key indicator: ping .
What is ping?
Ping is a parameter that reflects the response time of Internet connections, which is also known as latency . In other words, ping describes the time interval that occurs between sending a data packet to a receiver and receiving a reply packet sent back .
While making phone calls over the Internet or playing online it is important to have a good ping (as low as possible), because any delay, no matter how small, can be noticed quickly . Especially in fast-paced, action-packed games, having a low ping allows you to react faster than your opponent . Therefore, the following principle applies: the lower the ping value, the better it is .
How can you improve your ping?
Replace the router
If the ping is not low enough, the cause may be with the router . Sometimes a simple reboot is enough. However, the devices provided by the operator are often insufficient for a good ping. Replacing them with a better one may be the solution to improve ping .
Update the game
Sometimes the problem can be attributed to an error in the version of the game used, and it is possible that this has been rectified in a more recent version. Therefore, an update to the latest version of the game could help reduce latency .
Reduce data transmission
The simultaneous use of a large number of devices reduces the data transmission speed per terminal, thus increasing the latency for each of them. The best thing to do is to disconnect the devices that are not really necessary . This leaves more bandwidth available to play on a specific device. It is also advisable not to use VPN connections or proxy services .
Connect to the next available server
The region where the game server is located can be configured for some games. If possible, select a nearby server , as the ping also increases automatically with the distance from which the transmitted data travels.
The best way to access the Internet
Wi-Fi is the most popular connection technology for casual gamers. Radio technology is also completely suitable for most casual games. However, a stable Wi-Fi network depends on many external factors . Generally, walls and ceilings can slow down Wi-Fi . This can quickly cause problems if the router is too far away. This is why many of the professional gamers prefer to use a direct connection to the router with a LAN cable . However, frequently the router is not located in the room where we want to play.
In this case, the best alternative is Powerline technology . The infrastructure required for this solution is already available in every home, as the Powerline uses the power line as a long data cable . Powerline adapters like the devolo Magic series transmit Internet signals through the house’s power line, from the router to any electrical outlet. In this way, a new Internet access point can be installed in any room that requires it and in a very short time.
In addition to the LAN cable ports, many devolo devices also feature Wi-Fi functionality and the new Wi-Fi Mesh technology. Mesh Wi-Fi is ideal for casual gamers and many other applications such as streaming music and video using high speed wireless internet throughout the home.
The ideal solution for long distances
Powerline technology has many advantages compared to other solutions based purely on Wi-Fi, since a long distance to the router, thick walls, floor heating or reinforced concrete ceilings make the Wi-Fi signal slower.
Pricing and availability
Devolo Magic is available in LAN and Wi-Fi versions. devolo Magic 1 is the inexpensive entry-level kit to this series of products. The devolo Magic 1 WiFi Starter Kit is available from € 99.90. The recommended retail price for the high-end devolo Magic 2 WiFi Starter Kit is € 199.90. devolo offers a 3-year warranty on all its products.