How to Reduce Lag and Increase Internet Speed for Online Gaming
Game lag – the delay between a user’s input and a server’s reaction – is the bane of online gamers around the world. As we always are, we thought we’d put together an intro on how to improve lag for you players.
Improve your internet speed and bandwidth
1. Check your internet speed and bandwidth
You will need at least 15-20 Mbps if you are playing online. You will also need to pay attention to bandwidth. Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can be transmitted over a single Internet connection. If there is a lot of internet activity taking place in your household (gaming, streaming, video chatting, etc.), it will strain your bandwidth, causing internet speeds to drop.
2. Aim for low latency
Latency, in simple terms, is the time it takes for data to travel between its source and its destination. The lower the latency, the faster the connection. High latency is largely what causes lag. A good latency to aim for is a “ping rate” of less than 150ms.
3. Move closer to your router
Keep in mind that obstacles such as walls, floors, and furniture will affect your connection to the router. Consider moving your kit closer to the router with a clear line of sight.
4. Close Background Apps and Websites
Netflix, YouTube, software and ongoing downloads will all affect your internet speed. Reducing the number of devices connected to the router will also help.
5. Connect your device to your router via Ethernet cable
Similar to the reasoning behind #3, connecting directly to your router via an Ethernet cable will dramatically increase your internet speed.
6. Play on a local server
The closer a server is to you, the faster your internet speed will be. With that in mind, consider joining a server in your area.
Optimize your game’s video settings
Games can be very resource intensive, making even the best graphics card difficult to manage. If this is a difficulty you are having, you should consider going into your game settings and lowering the screen detail and resolution. You want to be able to extract at least 30-60 frames per second from your system.
Optimize your power settings
This is important for all computers, but laptops in particular due to their processing limitations. Always play on mains power (plugged in) and activate the performance mode. The easiest way to do this is to click on the battery icon and then move the slider to the far right.
Customize your Windows Update
Background operations on your system can also cause performance delays. Windows Update is a common culprit here. Luckily, you can easily customize the update schedule for when you’re not playing. just open SettingsClick on Windows Updateand click Change active hours.
Over time, every computer begins to creak under the weight of its operations. By far the biggest cause of gradual performance degradation is your computer’s storage space being full. To solve this problem, we recommend our own Cleaner One Pro. It is an easy-to-use all-in-one disk cleanup and optimization utility application that will help you improve the performance of your computer.
Available on the Windows and macCleaner One Pro includes several cleaning tools, such as:
- memory optimizer
- Trash cleaner
- file analyzer
- Find duplicate files
- Application Manager
- file shredder
- Memory disk map
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