QoS: Prioritizing for Speed
Have you ever noticed that your WiFi internet connection is slower when your kids are playing Xbox or your spouse is watching Netflix? Nearly everyone has experienced this phenomenon, but most people don’t realize that there is a very simple solution to this problem called QoS.
What is QoS?
QoS Stands for Quality of Service and, in relation to computer networks; is a method by which your router can throttle the connection speed of devices or applications on your network based on priority. Prioritizing for speed means that you’ll never have to wait for a speedy connection to complete your online tasks.
How can I benefit from QoS?
Once QoS is configured, your router can effectively balance the distribution of bandwidth (speed) between devices connected to your network. So if you want to download a file for work while your spouse is watching a movie on Netflix QoS can make sure neither of you gets left with insufficient bandwidth.
How do I setup QoS?
lifehacker.com has a great tutorial on how to configure QoS. Each router is different, and some do not have QoS capability. If you find you’re having trouble with QoS, or any other router configuration, remember Install Heroes. Call and we’ll come to the rescue!