It has been a long day. The kids are asleep. Off to bed, break out the smartphone or tablet, and start your favourite game. But what’s this? At first everything was working fine, but suddenly the picture freezes up.The reason is not hard to figure out: The router signal is too weak. The resulting lags making gaming a lot less fun.
Whether you’re trying to play match-three puzzles like “Fishdom”, a managerial simulation like “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp”, or a strategy game like "Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes", it only works if the WiFi signal is strong enough. But if you are in a room that is too far from the router, the gaming experience can shut down without warning. In a flat, the problem can be solved with a repeater, but in a house, you need a WiFi-capable devolo Magic adapter.
Ping, latency, lag? We will explain what these terms mean. Let’s take an online role-playing game as an example: you get together with other players in a team, form a guild, and explore extensive worlds. You fight against various other teams, meaning that lots of players are accessing the game server at the same time. This server essentially sends data packages so that the players perceive the big picture of what’s going on. If there are temporal differences during this transfer process, however, so-called lags arise. The game jumps, your character freezes for fractions of a second, and the other players may have passed you up. In the worst case, the connection is lost altogether ...
How can you figure out what the problem is?The best way is to use a speed test. These tools measure not only the internet connection’s available bandwidth, but also analyse the ping and thus provide information about latency. The following rule applies: The lower the ping value, the more stable the connection and the lower the latency (in milliseconds, or ms). Low latency means fewer lags.
1. Find the best place
To experience fun instead of frustration, figure out where you spend the most time gaming. The farther you are from your router, the weaker the WiFi signal will be. To find out where the signal is strongest, you can use our cost-free “WiFi help” app for Android devices. But the tool only works if the GPS function is enabled. The app also shows what devices are suitable for use.
2. Connect the console via LAN
"Gran Turismo Sport" on PlayStation4, "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" on Xbox One? It’s lots of fun to game with friends online. In order to enjoy this fun to its fullest, it’s a good idea to connect the gaming console directly to the internet with a LAN cable. If the router is in the living room, but your gaming station is in the attic, you can use devolo Magic adapters. These adapters can, of course, be equipped with WiFi function.
3. Discover games for your tablet
You might sit on the couch or lie down in bed to relax after a tough day. That is why many media regularly introduce the best games for tablets. For online games, make sure you have a good internet connection. The bedroom in particular is a place where the signal often seems sufficient, but causes repeated connection crashes, resulting in returns to the home screen. A WiFi-capable devolo Magic adapter can help.
4. Reliably connect more devices
You use your PC, game console, and tablet for gaming? Then you probably have a multi-media corner at home where many terminal devices are to be supplied with a reliable internet connection. The devolo GigaGate allows PC, game console, and smart TV to run at the same time without any problems. The WiFi Bridge supplies up to five terminal devices reliably with stable high-speed internet – perfect for simultaneous streaming, surfing, and online gaming!