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How To Improve Your Ping & Connection On Console! (Fortnite PS4 + Xbox Tips)

Hey what is going on guys, in this video today we're gonna be going over how to improve your Fortnite ping and general connection if you play on PS4 or Xbox One Out of all the questions and requests for videos that I get in my comments section and Twitter, "How do I get better ping" is definitely one of the most common

And I can totally understand why that is, ping has always been incredibly important in Fortnite and I don't see any reason why that would change in the future Now I wanna put this disclaimer at the beginning of this video to be transparent with you guys, when it comes to ping and connection on console, a lot of it boils down to things that are probably out of your control Now don't get me wrong there definitely are some smaller things that you can do, but just be aware that they can only help so much So, without further ado, let's get right into it Alright, so we're gonna start off with the more basic aspects of improving ping/connection and gradually work our way to some more advanced things

So when it comes to having good ping and connection there's 3 main factors that really matter First off for ping specifically, a major factor is where you're located in the world, 2nd is the general strength and provider of your internet, and 3rd is the way that your console is connected to the internet If you're someone who's played or followed Fortnite for a while, a player's location impacting their ping is probably something that you're relatively familiar with I'll just quickly flash an image of all the server locations on the screen right now, and when it comes to ping it's as simple as this: the closer you are to any of those servers the better So using the U

S as an example, a player with bad internet who lives in a state like Virginia or Pennsylvania, will probably have better ping than someone in Florida or the Midwest even if that player has really good internet The 2nd factor is the general strength and provider of your internet, and even though you probably have more control over this than where you live, I don't think there's too much I can say about this that you guys don't already know Obviously better internet is going to lead to better connection and ping, also certain internet providers are better and more reliable than others For example, Verizon Fios is typically regarded as the best widely-available internet provider for gaming, while other companies like Spectrum and Comcast get much less favorable reviews So that covers the 2 factors that are mostly out of your control, now let's go in-depth about some changes you can make regarding how your console is connected

So there are 2 ways that this connection can be made, wired via ethernet cable or wireless via wifi Right off the bat, I wanna make this as clear as possible, if you really want good connection and ping you need to do everything in your power to make you consoles' connection wired No matter how good your internet is, wireless gaming, especially with the older versions of the Xbox one and PS4 is pretty terrible in general Being wireless probably won't have a huge impact on your ping, but it'll without a doubt lead to more packet loss, more lag spikes, increased download time, and a bunch of other negative connection-based things So if you're console is close enough to your router where you can relatively easily hardwire it, you are absolutely shooting yourself in the foot if you haven't already done that

And even if it's far away, you still have a variety of different options I'm not an expert by any means but I know you can use things like extension cables, powerline network adapters, MoCa adapters, trust me if you put a little bit of effort into google searching some stuff you can probably figure it out However, if you can't get ethernet connection or maybe you just don't care enough to do so, there are still some things you can do to improve your wireless connection The first thing you wanna do is go to your console's network settings and take a look at all the wifi connections that are available to be connected to Now in this list you should obviously find the wifi connection that you use for your console, and what you may also see is another network that has the same name as your regular connection and then – 5G

I'll throw an image up on the screen of my connections albeit with some parts of the name blurred out just so you can see the regular network and then the 5G one So the base connection without the 5G in the name that most people use is a 24 GHz connection while the 5G network as the name kinda indicates is 5 GHz Let me break down the difference between the 2 options as well as which one will be better for you depending on your setup and situationThe primary differences between the two frequencies are the range and speed that they provide

The 24 GHz connection provides coverage at a longer range but transmits data at slower speeds The 5 GHz connection provides less coverage but transmits data at faster speeds The range is lower in the 5 GHz because higher frequencies struggle to penetrate solid objects, such as walls and floors However, the shorter range allows data to be transmitted quicker, so the 5 GHz connection allows you to upload and download files and information faster

Your WiFi on a particular connection can also be faster or slower because of interference from other devices Many WiFi-enabled technologies and other household devices use the 24 GHz connection, such as microwaves and garage door openers When multiple devices attempt to use the same radio space, overcrowding occurs and connection slows down The 5 GHz connection tends to have less overcrowding than the 2

4GHz because fewer devices use it and because it has 23 channels for devices to use, while the 24GHz band has only 11 channels Not entirely sure what that part means but I think the main summary of it is: If you�re experiencing a lot of interference from other devices, consider using the 5 GHz connection For me personally on my Xbox, I do get slightly lower ping, faster download speeds, and better overall connection with the 5G wifi network However, that may be totally different for you

So if you plan on using WiFi, you definitely wanna give both options a try and see which one works better for you And if you ultimately end up using the 24 GHz option for whatever reason, try to limit the interference from exterior devices For example, devices like external hard drives, wireless headsets, and even phones can hurt your connection if they're within a few feet of your consoleThe final and most advanced thing that you can try to do to improve your connection is manually changing your DNS settings

On Xbox you do this by going into network settings, then advanced settings, DNS settings, and finally when it asks whether you want automatic or manual you choose manual, and I'd assume on PS4 the steps are very very similar So once you get into the DNS menu it's going to ask you for a primary DNS and then a secondary DNS What this gives you the option to do is manually choose a network to connect your console to And even though it's not going to be the same for everybody there are 2 options for DNS that are unanimously considered the best The first is cloudflare, the primary DNS for this is 1

111 and the secondary DNS is 100

1 The second best option is Google and the primary DNS for that is 8888 and the secondary is 8

844 I've heard some mixed reviews about the effectiveness of manually changing your DNS on console, but most people agree this can have a positive impact on your wireless connection I'll even link a video down in the description below of a guy testing his default upload and download speed on his console vs

his upload and download when using either cloudflare or google, and both of those options ended up increasing his overall speeds So if you're going to play on wireless I would strongly recommend giving this method a try I would first go into your network settings with everything how it normally is and then click "text network speed and statistics" and either write down or just remember your download speed, upload speed, and latency Then connect to the cloudflare DNS via the method I showed you, reset your console, and do the same test again to see if your connection is either better or worse Then repeat that again but this time for the Google DNS

If your default stats are better than obviously stick with that, but if either cloudflare or google is better then you wanna play Fortnite or any other game and see if your connection actually seems better in-game For me personally this DNS method greatly improves my upload and download speed but doesn't seem to make much of a difference when it comes to lowering my ping So I'll change it anyway just so I can download games and updates better, but it may be totally different for you guys so that's why you need to test it So, I hope you guys enjoyed this video and if you watched the entire thing be sure to let me know with a comment down in the comment section below In general are you normally happy with your connection and ping while gaming or not so much? Be sure to leave a like, leave a comment, subscribe, turn on post notifications, do whatever the heck you want, and I, will catch you guys next time!

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