National Video Games Day: What Are The Benefits of a Gaming VPN?
In honor of National Video Games Day, we want to highlight a way for gamers to improve their gaming experience.
Online gaming has become an increasingly popular past-time in society. However, with the rise of online gaming comes the need for fast and reliable Internet speeds. This is where VPNs and Fiber Internet come in.
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network, aka a VPN, is a secure and private connection between two or more devices over the Internet. When you use a VPN, your Internet traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel, making it difficult for anyone to intercept your online activity. This extra layer of security is especially important when gaming, as it can help protect you from DDoS attacks and other forms of cyber attacks.
Benefits of VPNs for Gaming
In addition to added security, VPNs can also offer a number of benefits for gamers. Here are just a few:
Access to Region-Locked Content
Many gaming services and platforms are region-locked, meaning certain games or features may not be available in your country. With a VPN, you can connect to a server in a different country and access region-locked content (VPNs are also popular for Streaming platforms like Netflix). This can be especially useful for gamers who want to play games that are not yet available in their region.
Note: We do not recommend using this method simply to get games cheaper by using a VPN to appear in a country with a weaker currency. In addition, some gaming platforms forbid it, so ensure their Terms of Services do not warn against it before using a VPN for this reason.
Reduced Latency and Ping Times
One of the biggest challenges for online gaming is latency, which is the delay between when you take an action and when it registers in the game. With a VPN you can reduce latency and ping times, resulting in a smoother and more responsive gaming experience.
Protection Against Bandwidth Throttling
Some Internet service providers (ISPs) may throttle or slow down your Internet connection when they detect heavy Internet usage, such as when gaming.
While Buckeye Broadband does not partake in this ISP tactic of throttling bandwidth, this is a great solution for non-Buckeye customers. By using a VPN, you can bypass bandwidth throttling and enjoy faster download and upload speeds.
Benefits of Fiber Internet with VPNs for Gaming
Fiber Internet uses fiber optics instead of traditional copper wires. Since your data is transmitted via light instead of electrical signals, you are able to get more reliable Internet speeds, with symmetrical* upload and download speeds.
When used with a VPN, Fiber Internet can provide the lowest latency and fastest speeds for gaming. By connecting to a VPN server that is closer to the game server, you can further reduce latency and ping times, resulting in the ultimate gaming experience.
*Symmetrical speeds mean that both upload and download speeds are equal so you can not only download updates quickly, but you can stream and upload content with little to no wait.
Get a Better Gaming Experience with Buckeye
With up to 10 Gigs of Fiber Internet available, Buckeye Broadband has the speeds you need to have the smoothest gaming, or streaming, experience. Avoid latency and lag with Buckeye Fiber Internet today!
Don’t think you need as much speed? Buckeye also has a perfect speed for gamers- Supreme Internet. Although the upload and download speeds are not symmetrical, it allows gamers to reduce ping and lag easily.