Ah, the wild wonders of online gaming. So many people to see! So many things to do! So many ways to be insulted for not noticing the ping on the map! These are the ups and downs of online gaming, where you can experience both pain and pleasure as you’ve never seen before.
Only, in order to experience them in the first place, you need a few things first, like a good Mbps speed. This brings us to the question, is 50 Mbps good for gaming?
50 Mbps is good for gaming; anything over 25 Mbps will serve you well. It’s when the number drops into the single digits; then you should start worry. But, if you’re consistently maintaining speeds above 25, then you should be good. 25 Mbps isn’t the worst; it is just that’s the lowest you want it to be, the green zone, in other words.
Now, let’s go into a few details about what Mbps or Megabytes Per Second are, and what you need to play games online.
See, there are three things you need.
The first is Download Speed
This is another name for Mbps and it’s how quickly your internet service receives information from another point of data. For a non-gaming example, it’s how fast you can download a video or a file, but for a gamer, it is mostly about how quickly your Wifi can pick up what another player is doing.
In a team deathmatch, for example, the Mbps is picking up what other players on doing, where they are, and if they’ve been hit by the enemy or not.
Now, while you’re not downloading anything, a high download speed will help you avoid lagging in online matches. If you have that, then your gameplay experience will suffer. To know if you’re lagging, look for a few key points:
- Everybody will run in place.
- You can’t move.
- People or objects will somehow teleport.
The Second is Upload Speed
Now, by contrast, Upload speed is all about how fast your gaming setup sends your information to the server. It tells the server what commands your inputting, where you are on the game map, and how you’re doing in regards to your current Wifi status. For non-gamers, upload speed is about how fast you can send data to another person, such as an email, file, or so on and so forth. Oh, and this is, in fact, another way of describing Mbps, just instead of downloading, you’re uploading instead.
When your upload speed fails or falls behind, you can usually notice when things don’t go the way you want them to. For example, in an MMORPG, if you have poor upload speed, your teammates are going to see you do quite a strange number of things like:
- Running headfirst into a wall.
- Using attacks or spells without being provoked.
- Standing in place.
- Generally making a fool of themselves.
Of course, on your end, it appears that everything is just frozen, so you’re inputting commands and overloading the uploading speed. It is kind of like having too many programs activated at once, and that causes your computer to stagger in order to keep up with the demand.
A high upload speed is usually around 5 Mbps. Now, normally, you want your Mbps to be a bit higher, but, in the case of your upload speed, it’s a bit tricker than that. Since you’re not downloading anything this time, there’s less of a load as you game. After all, the only thing uploading has to deal with is your own actions and reactions, not the actions of others.
So, the numbers don’t need to be as high for upload Mbps, but they should be above 0. Otherwise, you know, there won’t be any uploading.
The Third is Latency
Now, take the two factors above, Download and Upload speeds, and smash them together. With that, you get Latency.
Latency is the “round trip” of data to travel, where a user’s action, Upload Speed, and the web’s response to that action, Download Speed, is where the two meet. It is the time for those two actions, and ideally, you want it to be as slow as possible. And while normally it takes time in the millisecond range, it can still affect an online gamer’s performance.
After all, playing online means playing with tens, hundreds, or thousands of people, each with their upload and download speeds, all hitting servers. And in the case of many MMORPGs, there are many, many servers taking in millions of gamers. That is a lot of data to go through at once for every hour of every day.
As you might imagine, when there are a lot of people playing, then that millisecond time may become very long indeed.
So, that was the big three in a nutshell
So what can you do to increase your Wifi speed? Well, the answer usually comes in different ways, depending upon your setup and how good your console/pc is, not to mention the area, who else is using Wifi, and your internet service provider. Everybody is different, so there are no hard and fast rules to follow, but there are guidelines that can be used.
The first being to use a wired connection instead of a wireless one. That is to say, if you have an ethernet cable or another way of connecting directly to your internet router, then do so, and you’ll find your connection is now a lot more stable.
This is mostly because now, the machine in question can send data through the cable instead of using different processing programs to send the data through radio waves.
A second method, if you still want to use wireless, is to get a wifi range extender. This expands the area of which your wifi spreads throughout your home or location, and decreases “dead zones.” A “dead zone” is an area in which wifi cannot reach, or otherwise has a very slow up/download speed.
A range extender will also make it easier for wireless machines to connect, as now they have a larger “pool” to draw from.
A simpler, less money-invested method is just to place your router in an open spot. Strange as it may sound, if your router is located somewhere the radio waves are freely flying, then your wifi speed will increase along with it. As will your 50 Mbps.
You also have the option of turning off other wifi devices, like Alexa, or the internet using TVs. By doing so, you’re lessening the load the router has to deal with, leaving your gaming setup the only thing you have to worry about.
So, let’s have a quick recap.
Mbps is actually called Megabytes Per Second, and it details the data packages both given and received during online play. Download speed is all about how fast you can receive data coming from the server and other players, so you want those numbers as high as you can get them.
Upload speed is about how quickly you send data to that server and don’t worry too much about lower Mbps numbers compared to download speed. Latency is the round trip between the two, and you want that speed to be as low as possible.
If you’re having trouble with any of them, trying a range extender, moving the router, or going for a wired connection.