The good gamer has several battles to deal with to play online in acceptable conditions. What for many may be a good connection, for the gamer there is unacceptable latency and the speed does not reach their standards. And it is that no matter how much bandwidth you hire, all help is little to play online. And WiFi coverage is key. The solution? Complementary devices such as a WiFi repeater or similar.
It is common to access the Internet through the WiFi network. Out of cables. Freedom of movement and being able to place your gaming device wherever you want. Be it a smartphone, a video game console, or a gaming PC. The good thing is that today we have a wide catalog of aids so that your WiFi coverage covers your entire home and you can play in the best conditions.
Let’s see a selection of devices and gadgets for all budgets designed for the home and professional environment and that will take advantage, as far as possible, of the WiFi coverage offered by your router. All help is little when it comes to getting the most bandwidth.
A router for gamers
Let’s start with the origin of everything. When you hire Internet you get a router that offers you WiFi access. Depending on the model, it has external or internal antennas. That and different versions of the WiFi protocol, depending on the age or newness of the router.
However, there are routers on the market for specific activities. And the routers for gamers are a clear example. As soon as you see them you realize the difference with a standard router. The first thing that stands out in gaming routers is that they have several large outdoor antennas, between four and eight, depending on the model.
Are you forced to play online with a gaming router? Not necessarily. Like everything, if something works, leave it. The default router that we have at home, like the one offered by Movistar, more than meets most of the needs you may have. And you can always improve its performance.
Be that as it may, even if you buy a gaming router, you will still need your Internet provider’s router, since it acts as an intermediary between the optical fiber and the devices you want to connect to the network. Depending on the model, you can connect it directly via Ethernet or use it as a wireless access point.
Another advantage of supporting your Movistar Router with a router for gamers is that you can incorporate the most recent version of WiFi, WiFi 6, faster and more efficiently. Also, the WiFi coverage will be better than with previous versions.
A more powerful antenna for your connected device
Linking with the previous point. The router, which transmits the WiFi coverage signal, is just as important as the device to be connected. That is, depending on the age of your device (PC, smartphone, console, tablet, TV), it will be compatible with a more or less recent version of the WiFi protocol.
Today, virtually any device has WiFi access. But it can be improved. How? With a WiFi antenna that we can connect directly via USB. You will get better WiFi coverage using the latest protocol and you will gain in speed and quality while playing online.
There are antennas for all tastes and budgets. They are usually for PCs, so if we want to use them with a smartphone or video game console, we should use the computer as a WiFi access point and connect the devices to each other.
A WiFi signal repeater or amplifier
If we talk about devices to improve WiFi coverage, the first candidates are usually always WiFi signal repeaters or amplifiers. These are devices that act as intermediaries between your router and your devices to connect.
Although technically these are two different devices, these days they are often confused because they both have the same functions. That is, take the router’s WiFi connection and repeat it beyond its coverage area.
Movistar, for example, has its Smart WiFi Amplifier. You can install it yourself, with or without cables. Like the Movistar Router, it allows you to create two differentiated WiFi networks. One of 2.4 GHz and another of 5 GHz. The first has more range, while the second is faster.
A mesh or mesh WiFi system
In case you need to extend WiFi coverage to your entire home, without leaving a single corner blind, you may like the idea of Mesh WiFi or Mesh WiFi. Technically it is an evolution of the classic WiFi repeaters. Although they actually go further, since they are not limited to repeating the WiFi signal.
A mesh WiFi system or WiFi Mesh in English consists of a set of strategically extended devices. From a central device, connected to the router, the rest of the devices receive the signal and extend the WiFi coverage thanks to the fact that they act as an access point. All this without cables.