Gaming is serious business. We know this for sure, because we’ve had fun times as well as trying times when playing against opponents. There are so many awesome games that are releasing soon like Assassin’s Creed Origins, Wolfenstein 2: the New Colossus, Call of Duty: WW2 (Yeah!) or NFS Payback.
And having the best gaming router for Xbox One can really improve your gaming experience. And that's all that matters, right?
The virtual gaming world is so cool; we want the best when it comes to getting the best gaming router for Xbox One. With so many releases to look forward to, winter seems like it’s going to be awesome!
Of course, we hope you’ve gotten geared up and are ready to handle these games on your Xbox One. If you’re facing packet losses, here is what you should watch out for:
Do your research and find the best ISP for you – you should have a solid and reliable internet connection with the best speeds that you can possibly get. And remember, you can’t focus on your ISP only for your gaming experience. We’re sure there must be other members of your family who would love to stream HD videos while you’re gaming away, or complete projects, do office work, transfer heavy files... You get the idea.
This is often an overlooked piece of internet equipment. Most people rent their router from their ISP and this could offer less than optima performance as it would be created for an overall online experience, not geared towards a gaming one.
As there are many routers, each specifically geared towards a certain target market; you should check out gaming wireless routers that are known to reduce latency issues and process traffic packets faster and better.
Which is the best gaming router for Xbox One? The BlueGadgetTooth team reveals the best picks for gaming on your Xbox One.
When it comes to performance, nothing beats getting wired to your router. Wireless tends to lose out on all levels as you get an indirect connection from the router to your Xbox One. Being wired allows to be directly connected; eliminating any chances for drops in connectivity, lags, minimalize any latency issues and more.
Plugging in your Xbox One to your Ethernet port can make that difference between getting shot and being the one doing the shooting.
Quality of Service is essential for optimal game play, especially if you are not the sole user of your internet connection. You could have visitors, guests, friends who want to come over and game with you, or have family members who use the internet for their own purposes.
Manipulating your QoS settings will ensure what gets priority in your network (Hint: Your Xbox One and other gaming devices.)
Your router comes with standard firmware that may not enable you to make the most of what you have. By installing open source firmware or third party firmware such as DD-WRT or Tomato, you can customize your firmware to tweak the settings so that you get a streamlined network in terms of security, QoS, antenna power and more.
Now you can port traffic from your Xbox Live to your XBOX One with NAT Open or Port forwarding feature, when used in tandem with uPnP. This means more games, without getting booted from them!
This function comes in built with most routers, and if you don’t have it, you can upgrade your firmware (as explained above). This allows your Xbox One console to connect to Xbox Live servers with minimal restrictions. This is used in conjunction with the Port Forwarding feature.
1. Netgear XR500
2. TP-Link Archer C3200
3. Linksys WRT32X
4. Asus RT AC87U
5. Netgear R7000
Targeting gamers who want to up their game play, the XR500 launched by Netgear is a router that really kicks ass. Crowned to be the best router for Xbox One as of now when the guide was written, the Nighthawk XR500 has a huge array of features that are designed to enhance any gamers’ gaming experience.
What sets this apart from other routers advertised for gamers is that Netgear partnered up with Netduma to bring the XR500 to you. The 1.7GHz processor, MU-MIMO enabled router also has two USB 3.0 ports, 256MB flash memory, 215MB RAM, a four port Gigabit switch and a whole lot more.
The XR500 is powered by DUmaOS, the new software that really optimizes your gameplay. The gaming dashboard displays the different devices connected to your network as well as the bandwidth usage for each so that you can prioritize your bandwidth. The geo filter allows you to choose which gaming servers you are connected to, so that you can avoid slower servers – you even have the option to place the servers into a black and white list – with how good or bad these servers are accordingly.
The speeds delivered on the XR500 allows you to have close to max as possible – the BlueGadgetTooth team realised that we were getting insane speeds that reduced lags.
The budget friendly option, the TP-Link Archer C3200 boasts of tri-band technology that allows for multiple devices to be connected. When you’re gaming, you may have a bunch of friends over for an epic gaming session – the 6 external antennas, 1GHz dual core processor and 3 coprocessors help you to get an added boost to your Xbox One gaming experience.
The set up process is fairly simple, which is great news for the layperson who wants to be connected without having all the tech know-how. The Tether app helps with managing your network remotely.
Delivering excellent range over larger distances, the speeds were pretty good as well. On close rage, the 5GHz band delivered an average of 302Mbps, with the speeds dropping to 79Mbps at a distance of 30 feet. The 2.4GHz band had middling performance results, averaging 52Mbps at close range with the speed dropping to 26Mbps at a distance of 30 feet.
The Linksys AC3200 WRT32X is a router that is specifically created for gamers. In fact, there are so many features that recommend this router for the gaming community, that the BlueGadgetTooth team would be remiss if we didn’t pick this as our Editor’s Choice for being the best gaming router for Xbox One. The sleek design and simple UI also makes this a clear winner for all gamers.
Asus has always created great networking tools and gadgets and they do not disappoint with the RT-AC87U. It is not fastest, nor the best, but it does get the job done when you don’t have a lot of green to throw towards networking solutions. When it was first released, it came with a lot of bugs, but since then there have been various firmware updates that have removed those initial hiccups.
Being part of the Netgear Nighthawk series means that this router has features that would up your gaming experience. Built for gamers and other online activities, the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is for gamers who like to go for the win.
When it comes down to it, if you are a serious Xbox gamer like we are, and have been playing for years, you know what you want and need, and this is not something you should compromise on. Gaming can be stressful, especially when you’re pitted against players all over the world who somehow always seem to be one click ahead. If you want to experience being on the winning team, and being that split second ahead of your opponents, you should seriously consider getting the best gaming router for Xbox One.
Although there is something for everyone in terms of budget or brand preferences, when it came to performance and features, the Netgear Nighthawk XR500 won hands down. Alright, now off we go, back to our Xbox One. Who knows, maybe we’ll be on opposite teams in a game!
Hey, it's Tomas here! I'm the founder and chief editor here at BlueGadgetTooth. After spending hours explaining my parents how to hook up their Internet, why it's being so slow etc. I decided to start this blog to help people with their gadgets and questions about technology.