Gamer Setup – This router can save your marriage!
Articles Blog

Gamer Setup – This router can save your marriage!

September 7, 2019


Hi, my name is chris and this is Battlenonsense I guess every gamer at least once encountered
the following problem. You are playing a game you really like, everything
is fine, and you are doing great. But then, out of the blue your ping is going
crazy, your shots are no longer registering and you get a lot of rubber banding.
should this happen while you are playing ranked, then your skill rating will probably suffer
as a result which makes this even more infuriating. So, what could cause this issue: The game server could experience a performance
problem, which you can’t do anything about. It could also be your internet connection
that is failing – where you will have to contact your ISP to get it fixed Or your WiFi connection degraded as a result
of interference, bad weather or other users eating up too much bandwidth. WiFi is really a very bad choice for playing
online, especially when you play ranked. But the most common cause of this issue – is
that your router is suffering from buffer bloat – which basically means that the games
data packets queue up inside the router or even get dropped by the router when someone
or something else is eating up all your available bandwidth and the router is unable to prioritize
the data packets of real time applications such as online games. So, to find out if your router is affected
by buffer bloat, you just have to use a network cable to connect your PC directly to the router,
and then run a speed test on dslreports.com – a link is in the description down below. Please do not you use Wi-Fi for this test
as you might not get conclusive results then, since your Wi-Fi might provide less bandwidth
than what you get from your Internet service provider. Now during the test, you can see how maxing
out your connection affects your ping. If the buffer bloat rating shows anything
but an A or A+, then you will experience ping spikes, packet loss and rubber banding when
someone or something else maxes out your up or downstream connection while you are gaming. I had this issue every time my wife got home,
it was almost like she could make our internet connection fail so that I would stop playing. But what really happened was that her phone
began to sync pictures with one drive as soon as her phone connected to our Wi-Fi, and I
then suffered from massive ping spikes as our ISP router did not prioritize the data
of the game that I was playing. So, what can you do to fix that issue. There are many very expensive so-called gaming
routers out there which claim to fix lag, or have awesome Quality of Service rules to
ensure a great online experience. You can actually find a video on my channel
where I tested the Netduma r1 and a Nighthawk from netgear. However many of these gaming routers only
affect the downstream traffic and ignore the upstream, others need and up to date external
databases to detect the network traffic of applications, and then there are routers which
only do bandwidth management on a per device basis, where you can then say that i.e. your
PC gets more bandwidth than your wife’s phone but this does not help you a bit when
uplay, steam or origin download a big patch while you are playing Overwatch on the same
PC. So, I guess that you don’t like these solutions
more than I do, luckily there is an alternative called SQM or Smart Queue Management. Simply put, SQM will ensure that the router
prioritizes data from real time applications such as online games so that their data does
not get delayed or dropped. And the best thing about it is that you literally
just have to turn it on – no further complex configuration required – unless you really
want to do some very special configurations and rules. Now before you buy a new router which supports
SQM, you might want to check if you can install a custom firmware like OpenWRT which also
features SQM. The reason why I am not going to dive into
this subject in todays video, is that depending on your router the process of installing a
custom firmware can be both very risky and very complex. The SQM performance also depends on the processing
power of your router, so its quite likely that your current one will not be able to
utilize your full up and downstream bandwidth when SQM is enabled. So, what I want to do in today’s video,
is guide you through the basic setup process of an Edge Router X from Ubiquity, which has
a Smart Queue traffic shaping performance of at least 100Mbits per second. Which means that if you have an internet connection
with up to 100Mbits per second then the processing power of this router will not become a bottleneck. But if you have a 200Mbits connection, then
you will probably end up with about 120Mbits per second with Smart Queue enabled as the
CPU of the Edge Router X will then become a bottleneck. There is a very nice performance table inside
the EdgeOS manual which shows you what you can expect with Smart Queue enabled. However please always expect the lowest value
to be the maximum bandwidth that you will get with Smart Queue enabled, as the performance
depends on the size of the packets that are sent and received as well as what else the
router has to do – like port forwarding and fire wall rules. The reason why I choose Ubiquiti’s Edge
Router X over their UniFi Security Gateway is that the USG is basically an EdgeRouter
Lite, and that has a traffic shaping performance of just 60 megabits per second due to its
weaker CPU. So, while the WebGUI of the EdgeRouter X is
not as nice as the one of the UniFi controller, I recommend the Edge Router X over the USG
as it much costs much less while providing more bandwidth when Smart Queue is enabled. Now unlike most other routers, neither the
EdgeRouter nor the USG come with WiFi. But that’s not really an issue as you can
just add one or multiple UniFi access points. So for less than what most of these so call
gaming routers cost you get a router that is really great for playing games online and
WiFi that will trump what most other routers have built right into them. In the description down below, you can find
links to these devises on amazon and later in the video I will tell you how
you get a chance to win these two as I am going to give away the Edge Router X and the
Unifi Access Point that I use for this setup guide. I also want to make clear that this video
was not sponsored by ubiquity, nor do I get paid for promoting their products. I’ve been using and installing their products
for more than a year now and since I and my customers are very happy with their performance
and the low prize, I simply want to make more gamers aware of their products as they really
help to enhance your experience when you are playing online. So how do we get that setup up and running. First of all, if you are doing this for the
first time then you should reach out to your internet service provider and tell them that
you want to use your own router. I know that there are still countries and
providers where this might not even be possible, so if you are not sure if you can just use
your own router then please talk to your ISP before you buy one. Okay so before we even power up the EdgeRouter
X we must go to the ubnt.com website, and download the latest firmware. Next power up your Edge Router X and then
connect your PC to eth0 Open the network settings on your PC and set
the IP address to 192.168.1.2 Then use a web browser and go to 192.168.1.1 Use ubnt for the username and password Accept the licence agreement and click on
login Now go to system, Upgrade System Image and
click on upload a file Then select the firmware image that you downloaded
from the ubnt website and click open. After the image has been uploaded to the EdgeRouter
you have to reboot it and then wait until it applied the update. Then login again using ubnt for both the username
and the password – and if the firmware update went through then you should see the correct
version up here in the top left. Now it’s time to configure the router. Click on the Wizards tab and then select basic
setup. Then choose the port to which
you will connect your ISP modem to. Then you need to set the internet connection
type. This is where you probably have to talk to
your internet service provider to find out what you need to use here. Some of you might just need DHCP, others will
have to use a Static IP address or use PPPoE with a user and password. I asked my ISP what I need to do to run my
own router, so I know that I have to select StaticIP and then enter 172.16.254.50 for
the address of eth0, 172.16.254.1 as gateway and for DNS I can choose whatever I want. For a basic setup you don’t need to touch
any of the other settings, except for the User setup where you should at least use a
secure password for the default ubnt user. After you clicked Apply Changes the router
will reboot and then use the new configuration. While it’s doing that you then connect your
PC to eth1 and your ISP modem to eth0 as that is the internet port that we used in the setup
wizard. Then you go to the properties of your ethernet
adapter where you change the IP address as well as the DNS settings back to DHCP so that
you get a new IP address from the Edge Router X. After that you login again with the user and
password that you set inside the wizard Now to find out your maximum up and downstream
bandwidth you should do at least one speed test on dslreports.com or another speed test
that works better for your location. Then remember the result of the speed test,
go to the QoS tab, enter a policy name, select the WAN interface, enter the upload and download
bandwidth, and click apply. In case that you had to use PPPoE for your
internet connection type, you need to choose PPPoE as WAN interface here. With smart queue enabled you should do another
speed test on dslreports, where your buffer bloat rating should now show an A or A+ which
means that you will no longer get massive ping spikes when your wife’s phone starts
to upload pictures to the cloud. Another marriage saved by Smart Queue Management. So that is basically everything that you need
to do to get the Edge Router X up and running. Games usually do not require that you forward
specific ports to your PC or console, in fact you can even make matters worse by setting
up port forwarding rules, like when you have more than one PC that you play games on, or
when a port is also used by another device or service. You should only use port forwarding when you
experience issues in a game where a moderate NAT status is not necessarily an issue. What can also help to troubleshoot connectivity
issues, or a strict NAT status is to enable UPnP or universal plug and play. UPnP allows i.e. Skype to have the router forward specific ports to the device where skype is running on. It essentially allows any UPnP device to punch
a hole into your firewall, which is obviously a security risk where you really have to trust
all devices and applications in your network. So, if you want to enable UPnP then you can
do that here inside the wizard where you just have to select your internal or LAN interface,
in my case that’s switch0 as that will the apply to eth 1 2 3 and 4,
and eth0 for the external interface as that’s what I selected for the internet connection
type. Again, if you had to choose PPPoE then you
need to select that as your external interface. So that will enable UPnP on any Edge Router. But if you want to use the newer upnp2 then
you will have to get your hands dirty by either using the CLI or SSH into the Edge Router. I will put a link in the description down
below which explains how to enable upnp2. Now what if you don’t trust UPnP or if you
have to forward ports to specific devices in your network. In that case you should first go to services
and select view details from the actions drop down menu down menu of the DHCP service. Here you can then change the DHCP range where
I like to limit it to about 100 addresses and I also like to use the google DNS servers. Now for port forewarning to work the destination
PC or console must always use the same IP address. To ensure that you could either manually set
a static IP address which is outside the DHCP range, Or you could use the Map Static IP feature
inside the DHCP service, which will then remember that device based on their MAC address and
always assign the same IP address to it. Now to create a port forwarding rule you must
go to the Firewall tab Select your WAN interface, where again, if
you use PPPoE you have to select PPPoE not eth0 Then select your LAN interface Enter the original or incoming port, select
the protocol, the LAN IP address that you want to forward this data to, the internal
port that you want to forward it to, as well as a description. You can also add additional rules in case
that you need more. And don’t forget to click apply once you
are done. Once you finished setting up your Edge Router, you should go to system and then download a backup file of the configuration. You should also do that again after you upgraded
the firmware or when you did further changes to the configuration as you can restore a
router very quickly when you have an up to date backup of the configuration. So now we need to take care of the access
point. First of all you connect the LAN port of the
PoE injector to one of the ethernet ports of the Edge Router, and then you connect the
access point to the PoE port on the PoE injector. Ubiquiti’s Unifi devices do not have a WebGUI. Instead you use the Unifi Network management
controller to manage all unifi devices in your network. But unlike other centralized management systems,
a Unify USG, switch or access point will still work even when the unif controller is not
running – unless you use special features like the captive portal for guest logins of
course. So, if you deploy multiple Unifi devices in
your parents’ house, or a customer’s house, then I recommend to go for the Unifi Cloud
key which is not only running the Unifi controller software, but also allows easy remote access,
which means that you can do config changes or firmware upgrades remotely without having
to setup a VPN connection or do insecure port forwarding. However, in our case a cloud key is overkill. So what I will do instead is go to the ubnt
website and download the Unifi controller software for windows. Once the controller is running you click on
launch a browser to manage the network Then you select your country and click next Now you get a list of all Unifi devices in
your network, where you can then select the access point and click next Then enter a SSID or name for your Wi-Fi and
choose a secure key or password which is required to access the wireless network. Now to access the controller you need to create
an admin user. Then click next, make sure that the configuration
is correct and finish. Now you get the login box for the UBNT cloud
access, which you would need when you want to remotely access a site on which you run
the Unifi cloud key. But since we have a local installation of
the controller which is not running all the time you have to select skip and then login
with the admin user that you just created. Now click on wireless LAN
And upgrade the firmware of the access point After the upgrade finished click on the access
point and go to tools where you start an RF scan. The access point will now scan for other wireless
LAN networks and then choose the best channels for both the 2.4 and 5Ghz bands. Once it finished the scan you are done. There is no further configuration required
for a basic WiFi setup. However, if you want to, then you could change
the name of the access point, you could manually change the settings of the 2.4 and 5ghz radios,
you could setup a separate WiFi network for the 5Ghz band, you could create a
guest network where users have bandwidth limits and can’t access other devices on your LAN,
or you could do a lot more. However if you just want to have WiFi, then
you don’t need to do anything else. Except a backup of the configuration. So that’s it, now you have good Wi-Fi and
a router which prioritizes the data of online games. However even though the Unifi access point
is a very good device, you should still not use Wi-Fi for online gaming, especially when
you play ranked. Even with this setup you can still run into
issues when you use Wi-Fi as it can be affected by interference and the distance between you
and the access point, as well as the walls or ceilings between you and the access point
have a big impact on the quality of the Wireless connection. You can find links to the Edge Router X as
well as the Unifi Access point in the description down below, where I also explain what you
have to do for a chance to win these 2 devices that I used for this setup guide. Now if you enjoyed this video, then it would
be great if you could support me on patreon. Without the awesome support that I get from
my patrons my channel could simply not exist anymore. So, if you like my work then you can find
a link to my patreon in the description down below, where you can also do a one time donation. If you want to stay up to date on what I am
currently working on then you can follow me on twitter or facebook, the links are also
in the description of this video. And if you don’t want to miss the next one
then you might want to subscribe to my channel and click on that bell icon below this video
to receive a notification when I upload the next one. So, if you enjoyed this video then give it
a like, subscribe for more and I hope to see you next time
until then, have a nice day and take care, my name is chris and this was battlenonsense

Only registered users can comment.

  1. I'd recommend to turn off QOS which makes the router really fast for gigabit speeds. QOS in that router uses CPU which slows it down a lot. Unless you really need QOS it's not worth the bandwidth hit.

  2. I pref. combo Mikrotik (router) and UBNT (AP) because on MT I can create my own custom SQM with 2 WANs (balanced with failover) but nice vid.

  3. Why not, Ubiq has network peripherals in very good quality and their provided settings is user friendly, but I prefer more MikroTik for its fully adjustable hardware via RouterOS (but for newbies or less experienced user it is little bit difficult to understand) 🙂 BTW nice video with step-by-step explanation for less experienced user 🙂

  4. Could I suggest looking at the Mikrotik 951 for this it's actually better than the 2 routers you listed above with many many more features.

  5. youtube recently suggested your video.. I've been running that same equipment since mid-2016 and it's been the best move i ever made. cheers

  6. ASUS RT-AC88U and Rog (properly others too) comes with QOS for both up and download. I have tested both (USG and RT-AC88U). Asus can handle it up to 1GBit where the USG and ER-X stops at 100MBit, as you explain.

  7. This was nicely done and complete from router to access point. Thorough, great setup…Awesome! Can you say WoW more often? …no reason! 🙂

  8. If you're finding this video in 2019 or later, going to dslreports and not seeing bufferbloat:
    – Double check for HTTPS
    – Correct to HTTPS
    – ????
    – Profit

  9. i use my ISP's provided router (not for wifi tho, for wifi i use an ubiquiti AP) and dslreports says: Overall: A+ Bufferbloat: A+ Quality: A+ Speed: A+. so i guess that problem doesn't affect me then…

  10. You are going from a feature description to a product recommandation to a setup guide to 'buy those products at any cost, because they are awesome(ly expensive) to a tutorial for a complete network.

    Chose your battle, man, and split the videos.

  11. I recently bought RT-AC86u. Because it's not "safe" to use the modem/router combo provided by your ISP. However, I am playing on 4G connection. Do I really benefit from an external router until I can get a better connection? The option is either 30/1 VDSL for whole family or I can use 4G just for me. It's peak time while I'm writing this comment. Overall A, Bufferbloat C, Quality A+, Speed -.
    Or would I really benefit more from this device? My 4G connection is 50 down. On the speedtest I just did, my download was 20.46 and upload 37.1.
    Should I sell AC-86u away and buy EdgeRouter X or does it all come down to my 4G connection? I don't really need wifi. I don't know if AC-86u does anything else than provide a slightly more secure network. Not sure if adaptive QoS is even working. My modem/router combo provided by ISP is on bridged mode. When playing games, I hardly see packet loss icons. I usually see anything related to ping variation. My ping is usually 50 – 80.
    Please advise!
    Edit: I would also like to know what is the difference between DHCP, Static IP and PPPoE? I guess I am average user, DHCP is enough for me, right?

  12. Hello battle, i'm so overwhelmed with your knowledge in computers, network, etc,etc. I'm from Venezuela and here the internet is a nightmare to much ignorance and ISP want to threat you as a noob 🙁

    So the thing is i'm using a cable modem with just a bandwidth of 2mb and upload lesss than 512kbps (i know this sucks)
    But im getting high bufferbloat like insane 400-1900 and always my ping is spiking.. from lets say 80ms to 120, 90, 120, 130, 80… and is terrible the unsync in games…

    I have the oldest modem provided by the ISP like docsis 1.1 modem, and a non gaming router which is: TP-LINK 150Mbps Wireless N Router

    Model No. TL-WR720N, and what i wanted to ask you, is there something that i can do to fix my problems?

    What advises would you give to me? like a Computer configuration with adapters, or what can i say to ISP? like changing MTU? or telling them something with buffer-bloat? any help, cause the situation here is really tough already, so thanks in advance

    Hope u can see this comment.

    PD: Even if i connected my pc direct to the modem and turning off the router, i still get huge Buffer-bloat.

  13. I hope you realize smart QoS hurts your game play and prioritizes smaller streams like voip. Just enable hwnat offloading and keep the QoS off unless you start noticing voip quality degrading. Another thing that will help you is making sure your modem is in bridge mode. A lot of people forget that double NATs cause performance issues.

  14. Unless your wife is a photographer, if she is coming home with a tone of new photos EACH day, you choose the wrong woman XD

  15. This does not help if you have network congestion. For me I will have 150-160 down and 15-20 up most of the time. But on a Friday evening or Saturday mid day it normally drops to 50-60 down and 7-10 up and can change drastically. It is also recommended by most QSMs to set it up about 10% lower to account for speed variations.

  16. if you're strapped for cash you can pick up an old cisco switch and create VLANS for anything not connected to the computer so that the policy limits bandwidth, learning Cisco IOS is easier than learning how to code so dont be afraid of it

  17. I have gigabit fiber through ATT and want to find a router that can handle SQM for those speeds. I'd preferrably use PFSense which I could put on a beefier piece of hardware for a similar, or only slightly higher price.

  18. Hi, i have a terrible DSL connection 5/0.5Mbps. Games run fine with no other network traffic, however, general web browsing will cause ping spikes/packet loss in games, becoming unplayable with a medium to high netflix stream running. Will SQM help in this situation? Thanks

  19. As a Ubiquiti installer in London where we have big businesses with bad internet connection, I am thankful to you 😀

  20. shame I can't use it. I have an ER-X but I also have 400mbit internet. I had to turn on hardware offloading to get the ER-X to do 400mbit too.

  21. I have this router with QoS configured and I still get massive bufferbloat according to dslreports. 1000ms.. If someone in the house starts using netflix even on the lowest quality setting my games lag all to hell. And mind you, I get that 1000ms while nothing else is uploading/downloading.

    My internet speed is 30 megabit down, 5 up. I feel like that should be good enough.

  22. THANKS SO MUCH. I’ve been having issues with a game I’ve been playing called iRacing. I have a Netgear Router, and for some reason only Netgear’s firewall drops the packets from the game. This solved my problem.

  23. So by using that router and access point you can monitor the bandwidth on each wireless device connected to the access point along monitor the ip and what's connected through wired?

  24. Hi Chris. Thanks so much for this vid – excellent as always.
    I have only just gotten around to getting an ER-X. Fixes the bufferbloat great, BUT I still find if I use Netflix in Chrome that there are regular burst downloads (about 6MB/s every few seconds) that double my latency in BF1.
    Would love any ideas you might have!

  25. Will port forwarding help stabilize your latency? I've been trying to figure it out, but i have no knowledge in this field

  26. I bought this little router but not the access point. I want to use my current (old) router as an acess point. Could anybody guide me with steps on how to do that?

    Edit: also at 13:20 what is a PoE injector and do I have that

  27. I'm new to this so forgive my dumb question. Is this acting like a modem or the providers modem is still needed?

  28. saving up money for this rn! just had one question whats the middle picture where the erx poe out connects to lan and poe connects to the unifi. Is that a separate divice or is that or the erx or unifi?

  29. can i ask a question? can i use it as a single router and connect it to my modem? isp modem->edgerouter-. devices ?

  30. So, here’s a question, for using Nvidias GeForce Now service, would it be better to use the new Amplifi Gamers edition kit or the up coming UniFi Dream Machine?

  31. that's not an option if my home phone runs over the isp router and I still want to use the isp routers wifi, right? these won't work if I use it only as modem I guess

  32. Thanks a lot man, this guide really helped. Do you have any advice on MTU and MSS clamping settings?

  33. Sir… I sincerely applaud you! I live in The Netherlands and have the luxury of a very high quality 1000Mb/1000Mb fiber connection. The hardware they supplied did the job well but with a huge bufferbloat problem "D". They will let you use your own hardware but cannot provide assistance with configuration. They give the basic input like: Use DHCP and VLAN ID xx etc. …ER X (second hand) is so cheap these days that I couldn't loose anything so I gave it a shot. A factory reset and plug it in –> firmware update –> wizard (this is a joke so easy for a non consumer router). Testing is and around 300Mb up and down with a bufferbloat "C". Followed your step for the QoS with 150Mb cap on both up and down. and testing is 150Mb up and down with bufferbloat ''A+". …Went a step further to see if this device is bottlenecking my max. ISP signal. Offloading enabled gave me 930Mb up or down. that is the same with my old hardware. I do understand that this max. speed can only be either downloading or uploading. But for @home use there is almost nothing that uses high speeds in both directions at the same time. This router is still the best option to go for in mid 2019! Even for high fiber customers. The QoS is the real king for gaming and is doesn't matter if you can't use you max download. Gaming can be done on a 20Mb connection. It's al about the quality of that one specific connection.

    You were speaking of that a moderate connection would not always be the issue for bad online gaming experience. I would love to see you make a in depth video where you explain that more. I would love to learn more about that.

    Thanks again!

  34. hi, i have bufferbloat problem and im willing to buy an edgerouterx for solve it but the problem is that i have a wisp internet connection (a wimax wireless isp) with very variables download and upload speeds (in the morning 30/3 mbits, in the evening 15/3 mbits) so how can i set the correct speed in the qos settings of the erx? thanks in advance

  35. So i bought this router for my home connection. However when I use SQM my PC monopolizes all the bandwidth and my Crunchyroll and Netflix suffer in quality. HELP!

  36. Hey, so I am convinced on getting this but I have a few questions. Hopefully someone can help, thanks
    1.) Can I use the modem/router my ISP gave me ([email protected] 5355) as modem for the ERX, then use the 2nd ISP provided modem/router as a wireless access point?
    2.) Do I need to worry about the firmware of the ISP provided devices causing any issues?

  37. I'm literally getting my Edgerouter X & LR Access point hooked up. Trying to get portforwarding set up for the xbox, everything else is good. UPnP…. I'm confused about this. Have a DHCP ISP situation, xbox is on eth2…. how should I set up the UPnP?

  38. I got an F for bufferbloat. But I'm the only one using my router, and when I'm gaming, everything that can be disabled, is disabled. So is it not actually a problem? Is it only an issue if someone else is using the connection for something?

  39. After so many month have passed, i finally came back here and ordert that router using your link! 😀 Was planning on this forever and now i need Smart Que! 😀 thanks man

  40. Thank you for a great video. I had an Asus RT AC68u with Merlin's firmware, which did a much better job with the QOS down- and up-load and could handle my 150/50 connection.
    Unfortunaly it died and I went with the USG, which can be managed in the Unifi Controller (Edge routhers can not). But I couldn't get the internet spped I wanted. Now I know why…the USG will not go above 60MBit/s with SmartQueue enabled. Thanks…and now I have a USG for sale and a USG Pro or Asus or OpenWRT to buy 😀 hehe.
    FYI: When you enable QOS you loose Deep Packet Inspection…

  41. Just pulled the trigger on this, after years of suffering with the linksys e2500 I am looking forward to having a real network! And Amazon guarantees delivery in 1 day! First time I've had that option (:

  42. What if you have 200mbps? ; (

    Max 100mbps sad…

    Any recommendations on non-gaming routers vs gaming routers? And which to buy? I have 200mbps download.

  43. Great explanation. Bufferbloat and ping spikes are gone now. Have the newest firmware for the Edgerouter X v2.0.6 and the overall internet speed only fell from 860 mbps to 480 mbps downstream – not too bad a penalty for having an A+ gameplay expiriance for the boys.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *