Cloud gaming has been through a significant increase in popularity for the next years, and we can expect it to become even more popular soon. Services such as NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, Google’s Stadia, or Microsoft’s XCloud have gathered millions of users.
Cloud gaming obviously also requires a decent internet speed. You cannot compete with other players online or even run the single-mode at the right pace if your connectivity lacks enough bandwidth. That’s why you should definitely take into account our pieces of advice when it comes to optimizing your home WiFi:
Squeeze the best from your own router
We get it; not everyone can afford to pay for a new router, although they’re pretty cheap nowadays. In this case, you must know that there are some ways you can improve your own router. Being positioned in the wrong place in your room can make the router lack enough internet speed, which means that you can improve it easily by adding the gear on another spot. The ideal place where you should have your WiFi router is as high in the room as possible, like on top of a bookshelf.
Your router also gets tired over time, making the internet connection stutter and run slow. With a simple restart accompanied by unplugging the router or resetting it from time to time from its setting page at 192.168.178.1 or 192.168.2.1, you can fix the problem.
Find the best router your pocket can afford
It’s not enough to have a fast internet speed when it comes to optimizing your gear for cloud gaming. Your router must also be able to connect all the devices easily, offer a low-latency connection, and last but not least: it should support the cloud gaming’s demand on bandwidth. A suitable router for cloud gaming should provide internet speeds of about 1,000 Mbps, and it should have gigabit LAN ports. Therefore, search carefully online or in the hardware store from your town for the best router that your money can buy.
Analysts expect that the cloud gaming market will be worth $450 million two years from now, meaning up from $45 million in 2017. Therefore, you must seriously consider giving cloud gaming a try if you haven’t done so already.
Ernestina Saenz Salcido is a reporter for News Lair. She mostly writes on her free time about gadgets and tech news. When she’s not working she takes care of her 2 daughters.