If your day to day is characterized by several hours of gaming sessions on the Internet, a Wi-Fi gaming router guarantees a smooth and memorable gaming experience. It may seem a minor issue, but it is what we need to control and combat what every player hates: lag (latency). Network connectivity is one of the aspects that you should not put aside to ensure a great experience playing online. More than once, you have already suffered from the lag and thought it is a problem of the ISP (your Internet operator). The latter may not always be the case, so it is very convenient to buy a router oriented to online games.
What distinguishes gaming routers?
Remember that latency is the sum of the time it takes to get data to the other side of the network plus the response we receive as a result of that data we generate online. This latency is what we need to control so that we can count on the minimum or zero possible.
One of the differentials of the gaming router vs. The normal routers is the QoS focused on the game . QoS is the set of acronyms that correspond to Quality of Service . These devices allow you to configure the priority of access to the network to the different applications and services that require greater network availability.
The ASUS manufacturer has routers that are specifically oriented to gaming, such as the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 , the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 or the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 , which propose functionalities such as the GPN (Gamers Private Network) , which allows you to create a virtual private network similar to a VPN that makes any player that connects to the network have less latency than the rest of the users. This network for gamers generates a connection using the shortest route between our LAN and the game server. Consequently, the ping that we will be able to obtain will be of the lowest, as well as the latency. Something similar proposes the VPN Fusion, typical of this model, which creates virtual networks that separate traffic, allowing us to connect to VPN servers for “normal” traffic and to the Internet directly for “gaming” traffic in order to reduce latency to a minimum. .
We can also mention NETGEAR, since it has gaming-oriented models with really complete firmware, which incorporates advanced technologies to reduce latency and jitter of the connection. Some models are the NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 and also the NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 , which not only has the capacity to generate VPNs for gaming sessions, but also offers protection against DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. Let’s not forget that this is also a risk that we should not miss, especially if we connect with users outside our LAN.
We must not only contemplate the wireless connectivity, but also the cable one. The router we choose for the games must have Gigabit Ethernet ports, in the case of the ASUS GT-AX11000, we have a 2.5G port to connect compatible equipment to the network with this technology, but the ASUS GT-AC5300 model has 2 ports dedicated to the game , which do not need previous configurations to be used once connected, these two wired ports will always have the highest priority.
Do normal routers do not have these features?
Yes it is. In appearance, it is better to choose to buy a router that is not precisely called “gaming” or, stay with the one provided by our ISP or the one we bought beforehand. Even normal routers (including professionals) have protection against DDoS attacks and Gigabit Ethernet ports dedicated to transmitting with the least possible loss and very high network availability.
However, our decision can take another direction if we consider that both the gaming routers and the previous ones that we have mentioned, have gaming-oriented dashboards that provide us with real-time essential data such as latency and the traffic that is being generated as soon as to rise / fall. A very interesting feature of the NETGEAR is the Geofilter , which allows limited access to game servers considering the physical distance of the players.
These control and personalization tools make the difference as to what a gamer user needs to have excellent gaming sessions every time, in addition to the important added value of ensuring the safety of himself and the other users connect our LAN.