With more and more games requiring an Xbox Live Gold subscription like Fortnite for example,a slow internet connection can really affect your game performance.
In this video I'm going to show you how to check the internet speed coming into yourXbox and also some things you can do to change the data speeds or get a better WiFi connection.
At a minimum your Xbox is probably going to be connected to your cable WiFi router.
But there are some other devices you can use to perhaps get a better connection.
None of them are guaranteed to get you the fastest speed except for one.
and that'susing a wired ethernet connection directly into your router.
This is the ideal way to connect your Xbox to the internet but if you're like me, yourrouter is not even close to your Xbox console.
So let me demonstrate the speed you can get from a 100 up 100 down FIOS connection.
It was quite amazing when I first upgraded my speeds and you can see that I'm gettingpretty close to the maximum data rates for my internet plan.
But a wired internet connection isn't an option for me and probably not for you either.
So Wifi is the most common way to connect on the Xbox.
So let me show you my Xbox connection speeds by going to the Network Settings and selectingthe Detailed Network Statistics button.
This will check the data speed on the Xbox just like I did with my computer.
With the standard WiFi connection, I get 46 megs down and 34 megs up.
Not the best considering my 100/100 plan.
But with WiFi, I have another option.
My router has a 2.
4GHz signal which I'm connected to now as well as a faster 5GHz signal.
To change the connection on the Xbox to 5G, go to Set Up Wireless Network and then findyour router name in the list.
Usually it's the same name as your 2.
4GHz connection except this connection will havethe letters 5G at the end.
And this connection will also have the same password as the 2.
So I'll check the connection speed again by selecting the Detailed Network Statisticsbutton.
When it's done, you can see that the 5G speeds are much higher at 82 megs down and 66 up.
This is way higher than the 2.
The only con about using 5G is that signal strength suffers but most of the time thatwill not affect your gaming.
However if your signal strength and speed is really bad where your Xbox is located,you can use a WiFi extender or repeater like this one.
This device will take the signal from your router and rebroadcast it in another partof your house.
I have this set up as a repeater which has 2.
4 and 5GHz capability.
So I'm going to go back to the Network Settings and connect to the repeater which I've setup with the same password as my main router just for ease.
How you set this up is going to be different with various repeaters but it's fairly easyto do with the included instructions.
I tested the speed several times using the repeater and the results were much lower thanusing the main router.
I was consistently getting only about 8 megs download and almost 2 megs up.
This is really bad even though I have 100 percent signal strength from the repeater.
So in my house, this device definitely isn't going to work for me.
But this repeater has another option which I can use with an ethernet cable.
It's still going to be using the WiFi signal from the main router but I can connect thisrepeater to the back of the Xbox with an ethernet cable.
In the middle of the screen you can see that I'm now using a wired connection even thoughit's going through the repeater.
Using this method, I can see that it's better than using the wireless option on the repeaterwith 26 megs down and 8 megs up.
It's not that good but it might be an option if you want a stable connection for surfingthe web or streaming a movie.
The last option I'm going to show you is using an ethernet powerline adapter.
This device uses your existing electrical wiring to spread wired internet through thehouse without having to run ethernet cable through the walls.
It's inexpensive and could be a great option for your home.
This time I'll connect this to my computer for the speed test just to change up my shotsto make it a little more interesting.
This powerline adapter is plugged into the wall about 3 feet from my Xbox.
And the results from the test are very promising with 65 megs down and 84 megs up.
It's not as good as a direct connection to the main router but it's almost as good as5G wireless at least here in my house.
And as a disclaimer when using any of these internet options, results will be differentin every house depending on age and condition of the in-wall electrical wiring in your home,the distance of your device from your router, the distance from the repeater and whetheryou have any solid obstacles between your router and devices.
So if you're having internet speed or connectivity issues on your Xbox it's worth looking intoone of these alternatives I've shown here.
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