Five Hacks For a Better Online Connection

Why spend money on a new connection when these simple hacks can help bring you back up to speed.

Having a strong online connection is extremely important, especially when playing games like the Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Beta or Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. After all, everyone hates when someone is lagging out and brings the speed of the whole match down as a result.

Here are five helpful tips to help you secure a better connection.

Use a Powerline Adapter for Ethernet

If you're having trouble hooking up a quality Ethernet connection, the best thing to invest in is a powerline adapter. Essentially, pick up a kit that comes with two of these, along with two cables that hook into your Ethernet connection. Connect one of the Ethernet cables to the router and the first cable to the adapter, then plug it into the nearest socket. As for the second, plug that one into the back of your HDTV, and into the second adapter. Now you should have a smoother connection without all of those bothersome extra cables. The Trendnet Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit and the Netgear Powerline 1200 are both solid recommendations, clocking in at around $79.99 apiece. Check out CNET's review of the Netgear model below.

Invest in a Better Router

If you're experiencing speed issues with your current router, chances are it could be a little too old. You might be saying to yourself “but I just bought this router a few of years ago.” Even so, net speeds have changed dramatically, and you might find yourself needing a more powerful router to go along with it. We recommend the Asus AC1900. Clocking in at around $180, it looks like something straight out of a spaceship with its quirky triple antennas. But watch how it can crank up your Internet connection at a remarkable pace. If you’re web surfing and a gaming at the same time, this router can handle both tasks without breaking a sweat. Check out the video below from Babbling Boolean to see it in action.

Disconnect Devices Using the Same Connection

Yes, even something as simple as Netflix streaming can get in the way of your connection's performance, as it uses some of the download power to provide a higher-quality picture. Other things that can get in the way are someone downloading files off the Internet, and even simply browsing through YouTube videos. Simplifying your setup is the best way to go when looking to maximum the performance of your Internet connection. Go ahead and shut down your computer when not in use, then turn on your game system to enjoy a lag-free connection.

Reboot Your Router

If you're having serious issues with your router and are unable to get around them, don't torture yourself by calling customer service. Instead, follow this simple step first – unplug it for 30 seconds, plug it back in, and let it reboot. As crazy as this sounds, about 80 percent of general tech support calls can be resolved by using this simple reboot. Of course, some require a scheduled reboot to repair the issue. This is something you can do early in the morning before you begin your gaming session. Give it a try and see if it helps!

Buy a Faster Service Plan

You might not realize that the connection you're paying for isn’t up to par. It might seem like 33.95 MB per second is a decent speed – and for some games it is. But think about how much better it would be if you bumped up your Internet connection to 104.28 MB and beyond. For only a few extra dollars a month (through most providers), you can boost your speed and observe a significant difference in performance, with less lag and tighter action during gameplay. This all depends on your budget, however if you really want the most out of your in-game performance this is one of the best steps to take. In fact, if it's currently available in your area go ahead and make the jump to Google Fiber. You certainly won't regret it!

Stay tuned here at Opshead for more hacks, and check out a few of our other useful articles. Like these eight hacks every gamer should know. For lovers of classic gaming be sure to check out these eight things only true Metal Gear Solid fans will understand, and the ten most influential games of the 2000s.

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