How to choose the best internet for gaming

How to choose the best internet for gaming

by Mathew Fiorante

August 5, 2021

         

If you’re a gamer, you might have experienced this: you’re in the middle of your best game, your player freezes, and the momentum is lost. Some call it lag, others call it latency, but we all agree it’s not something we want to experience while gaming.

Many think of speeds as the only determining factor for a top-notch gaming experience, but latency is often a more important metric to pay attention to.

So what’s latency? It’s the time it takes for data to travel, also known as ping. High latency will cause a delay between your actions and the game’s response. Latency is measured in milliseconds - when it comes to gaming, every fraction of a second counts. 

While there are many factors that can cause lag, including the distance from the game’s servers, the capabilities of your own computer or gaming equipment, and how many devices are connected to the internet at the same time, gaming on a low latency network will give you an extra edge. 

I chose AccessHyperSpeed because of it combines reliability, great service, fast speeds and low latency. I don’t need to worry about my internet randomly going out or unexpected shutdowns, but if anything does occur, the customer care team is very responsive in trying to help right away. Also, having the highest speeds make it the best for streaming, gaming, and competing at the highest level that I need to be at (learn more about the advantages of AccessHyperSpeed here).

To make the most out of my connection, I game on a wired connection (plug the PC or console directly into the modem), turn off any bandwidth heavy applications (streaming apps, cloud backup, etc) and keep my PC updated. If you prefer gaming on a wireless connection, you can optimize your connection with Smart Wi-Fi+ that does proactive device and network optimizations to create a strong mesh network (and on the plus side, it can even block annoying ads!).