Faster internet speeds won’t necessarily make games more stable. To deal with that, you need to look into reducing the latency between your home connection and the game’s server. However, faster internet will help you download games faster, and update them faster. That has plenty of utility, especially in a world where massive day 1 patches are becoming the norm.
Plus, you are paying for this bandwidth, wouldn’t it be a waste if you weren’t making full use of it? Here’s how you can help make sure your internet is as fast as it can be. You can go through these steps yourself, or with the help of an IT service provider.
1 – Update your firmware
The modem/router that connects your home to the outside world is a combination of hardware and software. And it turns out that, just like many other devices in your home, your modem also needs to be updated properly in order to function properly. Many modern modems take care of this process automatically, but in older models, you need to manually visit the manufacturer’s website in order to find a new version of the firmware.
What you’ll need to do in order to update your modem will depend on the age and make of the device. However, this process is often simple enough that it can be handled by end-users. For newer modems, you can often check the firmware versions and look for updates using a smartphone app.
Fully updating your modem may lead to an immediate boost in internet performance.
2 – Buy a new modem
No amount of updating will let you increase the maximum speed your modem can handle. And yes, modems have a maximum bandwidth they are able to handle, you’ll often be able to find what that limit is printed on the back of the device. If you are looking to boost your connection speeds, buying a faster and more efficient modem can be helpful.
Before you buy new hardware, make sure it is compatible with your provider’s network. If you are not sure, calling up your provider to see what modem model they recommend is a good idea.
3 – Check for software problems
There are many ways in which the softwares running on your computer can work to slow down your internet. Windows update is famous for slowing connections to a crawl at the worst possible moment when left to its own devices. If you are experiencing periodic and unexplainable slowdowns, check to see if software upgrades are the cause.
Many game stores and launchers can cause similar problems. Once installed, they are set to open when your computer starts by default. And then they can decide to update any of the games in your libraries at any moment, slowing down your connection. Try closing those stores when they aren’t in use, or limit how much bandwidth they can use in the setting of each store.
4 – Switch your browser
The simplest solution is often one of the most effective. Switching from a robust browser to a more minimalistic one can greatly increase your internet speed. This often means you’ll have fewer features on the browser, but this could allow you to more easily browse the web during a match without making your ping skyrocket.
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