What’s the difference between a gaming router and a regular ons?

I always thought the router and wifi speed and whatnot depended on what service provider you’re under. Im looking for a gaming setup and saw on a website a $400 router that had specs that I didnt even know existed.

2 Answers

  • 5 months ago

    Mostly the word gaming.

    The more expensive home routers can  probably do gaming traffic better then so called gaming routers if you know what you are doing.  And that is the key, know what you are doing.  It is possible to learn to set them up properly with good google searches.

    Mind you, all home routers barely qualify as routers as the routing portion of it only has two ports, the outside world, and your internal network.  The second port has a switch on it and that doesn't route.  It switches (traffic direction is based on the MAC address, not the IP address.  This will work for non internet protocol traffic, if you had any)  Even the WiFi is mostly an extension of the switching. 

  • 5 months ago

    A gaming router will have a more powerful network processor (similar to a CPU in a computer) and more memory.  On the WiFi side they support something called MU-MIMO (multiple user multiple input multiple output).  MU-MIMO works sort of like an Ethernet switch for Wi-Fi.  

    Ultimately the quality of the Internet service you have is the most critical factor, you want as much Internet bandwidth as you can afford.  If you can only afford to spend money in one area, getting the most bandwidth is the best place to spend it.

    The router runs an application called NAT, where NAT is very resource intensive.  When you play an interactive/real time game through a router it puts a lot of strain on NAT.  Therefore a more powerful CPU and extra memory help, specially if you have a high speed Internet service.  

    Gaming routers also support a capability known as Quality of Service (QoS).  QoS allows you to give priority of certain applications or users over others.  Just be aware that having a high speed (greater than about 150Mbps) Internet connection will largely negate the need for QoS.  High bandwidth solves QoS problems.

    If you aren't gaming, you're doing email, texting, surfing the web or some other benign task that isn't sending lots of time sensitive packets through the router, therefore the extra features of a gaming router aren't required.  Routers are an example of you get what you pay for. 

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