Online gamers know the importance of having a solid internet connection. You got yourself a supposedly better NBN connection but your games still lag and have the occasional rubber banding, now what?
As an avid online FPS gamer myself, I know how important a solid internet connection is. Without a low latency internet connection my opponents take advantage of the situation and I get fragged more often than I would like to.
When it comes to online gaming the following factors determine the quality of your online gaming experience. Jitter, latency and packet loss. I guess it would be a surprise to many but internet speed is not a major factor (unless of course you are on 56k dial up).
Jitter, Latency and Packet Loss
The most important components affecting online services like gaming, media streaming and voice is most certainly jitter, latency and packet loss. For a internet connection to be good for gaming, it needs to have low latency to the destination endpoint, low jitter and 0% packet loss. But what is Jitter, latency and packet loss you ask?
What is Jitter
Jitter is a variation of packets in your internet connection. A good internet connection will have low consistant jitter.
What is Latency
Latency otherwise known as ping, is the measurement of packet duration from a source to destination network. Latency is expressed in milliseconds or ms for short.
What is Packet Loss
Packet loss is when network data packets are lost in transit from source to destination or vica versa. Packet loss is expressed in percentage. The higher the figure the worse the connection. A good internet connection should have 0% packet loss.
When you play online games and suddenly you experience rubber banding, skipping of frames, freezes or disconnects, it is a clear indication that you are experiencing jitter, packet loss or latency issues. If the source of the above mentioned problems derives from your internal network in the form of other users saturating your internet connection then a good quality router can help eliminate the issues you are having.
How To Eliminate Jitter, Packet Loss and High Latency
When you have a household full of internet hungry Youtubers and Netflix addicts that pushes your internet connection to the limit, you are most likely going to suffer as a result in online games. Whenever an internet connection comes close to its upload or download limits jitter goes up, latency goes up and packet loss might go up.
What you need is a router that has built in smarts to combat the effects of maxing out your internet connection. This clever technology is called Quality of Service (QoS). QoS is a system that manages the data packet flow to minimise jitter, packet loss and high latency. QoS does this by prioritising traffic into different classes based on the service type and bandwidth needs.
NBN Capable Gaming Router With QoS Under $100
My recommendation for a NBN compatible gaming router is the Ubiquiti Edgerouter. The Edgerouter has an easy to use interface and most importantly have an option to enable QoS in the form of Smart Queue Management. Smart queue management will de congest your overloaded internet connection, it will automatically prioritise and balance internet traffic.
The Smart Queue Management option is located under the QOS tab. Enabling it will require the user to specify the internet connection upload rate and download rate.
In this how to I will be explaining the steps required to access your Sannce HD IP Camera via the internet, without using the "Sannce Cam" App.
If you have a Sannce IP Camera, I think you will agree that the "Sannce Cam" App works great but, it has a big let down. The Sannce Cam application always run in the background hogging system resources which leads to battery life being shortened. We can get around this by not using the app.
In a previous article I addressed how you can access the Sannce Wireless camera without the "Sannce Cam" App. I described in detail the tools required to get the Sannce camera IP address and the port needed to access the camera with a web browser. Accessing the camera this way works great if you are on the same network as the Sannce wireless camera but what happens when you move offsite and away from your home network? Can you still access your camera remotely via the cellphone carrier 3/4G network? The answer is YES. Obviously it will require some steps, but these are easy to implement. Read on...
Accessing Your Sannce Camera From The Internet
As described before, it is possible to access your Sannce camera via the internet. But, for it to work you need to access your internet router to setup a port forward.
A "port forward" or "port forwarding" allows traffic intended for a specific IP address and port to be forwarded from the internet to your internal network. To set up a port forward you need to access your router Nat/Firewall section. This will be different for the various makes and models and is best to consult your router manual.
Setting Up Port Forwarding To Your Sannce IP Camera
To set up a port forward, access your router's port forwarding page. Click on "new port forward" and enter the "From port" as 13648. The Protocol should be "TCP". The "forward TO IP" is the Sannce camera IP address. The "TO port" is 13648. You can give the port forward entry a name, I called mine "Sannce Cam" If you do not know what your Sannce camera's IP address or port is then please read through this article.
Once all the details have been entered, you can save the entry, in most cases the port forward will take effect straight away without a router reboot. If your router prompts you to reboot then click "yes".
Accessing Your Sannce HD IP Camera From The Internet
Before you can access your Sannce Camera you need to know what your internet IP address is. Open up a web browser and type "Google.com". In the Google search field type "Whats My IP". Google is nice enough to present you with your public IP address.
Ok, now lets test the setup. You must test using a device outside of your home network, I tested using my phone via my cellphone 4G network. To access your Sannce camera, open a web browser and type: "http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:yyy" Where xxx is your public IP address and yyy is the Sannce IP camera web server port.
You should now be presented with the Sannce Camera "Sign In" page. Enter your user name and password. The next screen should be the Wireless Camera" screen. Select the "videostream mode" Voila, you should now see the live stream via your internet connection.
It is very important to understand that creating a port forward to your Sannce Camera will expose the camera to the internet, making it vulnerable to attack/abuse. If you do proceed with this tutorial, choose a very strong password for your Sannce camera.
The latest statistics suggest that there are 4 Billion internet connected users, 3.5 Billion Google searches every day and an average of 5 Billion Youtube videos are watched daily!
The bottom line is, If you have a website and your products or services do not appear on the first page of search engine results, you are missing out on leads.
I think everyone is familiar with the concept of SEO or Search Engine Optimisation right? Yet, so many of my clients think SEO is just about getting people to visit your website. In a sense they are right yes, that is the end result. SEO is the process to get your website popularity higher so that search engines will rank your content higher.
How do I get my website more popular?
Getting your website more popular so that it ranks higher in search engines take time and hard work. First, you need great website content. Once the content is in place the next step is onpage SEO followed by domain and page authority building.
What is onpage SEO
Onpage SEO is the process where the various aspects of your website content is optimised so that your website and web pages rank higher in search engines and in turn create relevant leads for your business.
What is domain authority
Domain authority is a metric devised to determine the popularity of a website. Domain authority is measured on a scale from 0 to 100 where 0 is poor domain authority and only the very top websites are ranked at 100. Typically brand new websites will rank 0 whereas super popular sites like Facebook will be at 100. Another metric that comes into play is “page authority”.
What is page authority
Page authority is the metric used on a scale 0 to 100 to determine the popularity of a website page. A web page with 0 page authority has a very low rank, whereas a page with a high page authority score is deemed very popular. Page authority is a very important factor to get various website pages ranked higher in search engines.
How do I increase domain authority
Increasing domain authority is done by getting your website linked to from other high popularity websites. This process occurs naturally if you have great content on your website. As an example, if I write useful content on my website blog, people will share and recommend these useful articles, thereby creating back links to my website.
Need help to get your business more leads? Get in touch, our SEO consultant will conduct a free assessment.
Sonos wireless speakers are awesome, but only if they are setup properly. Sonos speakers rely on a good solid WiFi connection. If your Sonos wireless speaker is constantly pausing or stopping playback, WiFi issues are most likely to blame.
Testing Sonos Speaker Connectivity
A good way to determine if your Sonos has a solid WiFi connection to your Wireless router is to do a ping test from the router to the Sonos wireless speaker.
First, we need to determine what your Sonos speaker IP address is, you can find out what your Sonos speaker IP address is by logging into your router DHCP page. Look for your Sonos device and make a note of the IP address.
Next, navigate to the “Diagnostic” page of your WiFi router. Choose the “ping” option and enter the Sonos wireless speaker IP address.
You should get a low and consistent ping without any packet loss.
If you do not get a low and consistent ping or see packet loss to your Sonos speaker, it indicates that the WiFi connection is not adequate. This could be caused by improper setup of the wireless router, WiFi interference or poor wireless range.
Improper setup can be remedied by checking setup and making sure that compatible channel bandwidth settings are used.
Adjacent wireless routers can cause interference and in most cases a channel change helps.
Extending The Range Of Your Wireless Network
What if wireless range is my problem? The best option is to hire a wireless technician that can do an onsite WiFi survey of your wireless network to discover where you have WiFi dead spots.
A wireless site survey will give the WiFi technician an idea of signal distribution throughout your property. The site survey results will determine a course of action.
The answer is simple, if you want your Sonos wireless system to be awesome, you need a strong, jitter free WiFi signal.