Internet for gaming: Up your game with Frontier

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The best way to play many of the top multiplayer video games around today is online. Online gaming gives you the chance to test your skills with gamers from all over the world. Whether you have a gaming console like a PlayStation or Xbox, a gaming computer with a VR headset, or any number of gaming configurations, there are a ton of great competitors online waiting to play with you.

But if you’re going to be competitive, you need a solid, fast home internet connection. Your connection must be quick and reliable enough to respond to your split-second reactions in real time so your game skills don’t lag.

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Why fast & reliable internet matters for gaming

If you play first-person shooters, fighting games or sports games online, you need your in-game character to respond immediately to your actions. Just imagine playing an FPS like Overwatch, and you shoot at the same time as your enemy—the person with the more reliable internet will get the kill.

What to know about internet for gaming

There are several things you should be aware of when picking the right internet package for online gameplay. You should make sure your connection is fast enough, strong enough and reliable enough to handle whatever type of game is your forte.

We explain some of the technical subjects you should know about when looking for an internet connection for the best gaming experience.

How can latency ruin your gaming experience

When you make a command, your system sends a ping to the server, and the server sends a ping back. Your ping rate is the time it takes for your gaming device to send a message to the server. There will be another ping rate for how long it takes the server to send a message back to your gaming system.

A low ping rate under 20 milliseconds will give you a fantastic gaming experience, while a ping rate of over 100 ms can make fast-paced games like Destiny 2 or Beat Saber really difficult to play. If your ping rate is too high, you’ll be automatically kicked off many game servers.

The full delay between when you press a button on your controller or key on your computer and when your character completes an action is called latency or lag. Nothing’s more frustrating than experiencing a noticeable lag and watching your in-game avatar glitch out while you’re in the middle of a tense battle.

All internet connections have some latency, but a secure, high-speed internet connection with low latency will drastically limit the amount of lag you have to deal with. To game confidently, you must be able to rely on your internet to register your actions correctly and rapidly.

Another way you can get lower latency is by using a wired connection when you game. Using an ethernet cable can give you a much stronger and faster connection than playing over Wi-Fi.

How many Mbps do you need for gaming?

For a flawless gaming experience, a good internet speed should be at least 25 Mbps. The smallest pieces of information that can be transmitted across the internet are called bits. The speed of an internet connection is measured in megabits per second. One Mbps is equal to 1 million bits.

Your internet bandwidth is the maximum amount of Mbps your connection is capable of transmitting in a second. Technically, many online games like Fortnite or DOOM Eternal, can be played with an Mbps download speed of around 2 to 3 Mbps. However, if you try playing games at that speed, you’ll likely experience problems like heavy lag and excess buffering.

A variety of things can change the speed of your internet connection. For example, if there’s high traffic on the network, your connection might only run at a fraction of its optimum bandwidth. Your internet speed can also suffer if you have several people in your home going online on their mobile devices at the same time.

Frontier® offers a variety of internet plans that deliver great speed for an affordable price, and they’re great for hardcore gamers.

0–10 Mbps
  • Good for:
  •  Checking email
  •  Browsing websites
  •  Browsing social media
10–50 Mbps
  • Good for:
  •  Connecting multiple devices
  •  Streaming videos
  •  Online gaming for one player
50+ Mbps
  • Good for:
  •  Streaming videos in HD
  •  Online gaming for multiple users
  •  Video chatting with friends

Types of internet connections available for gaming

Here’s a breakdown of the main types of internet connection you might be able to choose from:

  • Digital subscriber line internet uses an existing system of LAN telephone lines to send information. DSL internet has the widest availability of any type of internet, but it’s not as reliable or as fast as cable internet or fiber-optic internet.
  • Cable internet uses cable TV lines to transmit information, so it’s faster and more reliable than DSL internet. It’s still widely available, but it’s not as accessible as DSL. Plus, cable internet can still slow down in certain situations, like when too many people are using it.
  • Fiber-optic internet operates on its own network of glass cables that transmit pulses of light and lasers to transmit data. It’s known to have the best internet speed of any connection, and it’s highly resilient to things like network delays and interruptions. However, it’s not as widely available as DSL or cable internet, and you might need a special modem and router to get the full benefits from it.

Frontier makes it easy to see your service options. Simply type in your address, and we’ll show what’s available to you.

FiberOptic Internet: The gold standard for gamers

If you want the best connection possible for gaming, fiber-optic internet is the way to go. Unlike other options, fiber-optic internet isn’t susceptible to delays caused by heavy traffic or multiple internet users. It also offers near-identical, or symmetrical, upload and download speeds, whereas DSL, cable and satellite internet have much slower upload speeds than download speeds.

Your download speed refers to how fast you can receive information on your device, and your upload speed refers to how fast you can send information to a server. While downloading is absolutely crucial to online gaming, faster upload speeds can help a server register your moves faster if you’re playing a game like Mortal Kombat 11.

If you’re looking for reliable, fast internet, Frontier has the FiberOptic Internet plans you want. Type your address in our availability checker to see if you can get fiber-optic internet in your area.

Why Frontier internet is beloved by gamers

Gamers who choose Frontier as their internet service provider love how simple it is to do business with us. Not only do they enjoy fast speeds and a reliable internet connection, but they also get the benefit of our straightforward pricing structure with no hidden fees. And unlike other ISPs, we never lock you into a yearly contract.

Whether you’re a casual enthusiast or die-hard gamer, Frontier has the right internet plan for you. Our high-speed broadband plans have great speed that fits your needs. But if you’re ready for the ultimate internet experience, our FiberOptic Internet plans can give you rocket speeds that take your gaming experience to the next level. Enter your address into our availability checker to see which Internet plans are available in your area.