How to INSTANTLY boost your PS4 internet speed and fix that lag [Updated: 2020]
When you play online games with your PS4, you want a nice fast internet connection. If you don’t and your internet is slow and laggy than your gaming experience will be horrible. Odds are pretty good that your character in the game isn’t able to keep up with the ever-changing scenes and you land up being killed. A lot. Eventually, your online playing friends will simply leave you behind as it becomes impossible to keep a team going on Warzone Battleground!
So how can you fix your PS4’s slow internet and boost its speed?
There are several methods you can try without spending any money at all! In fact, if you want to also stop the buffering, there is a video at the end of this post too!
Method 1: Boost your PS4 internet with DNS:
When you download a game, you want to be able to look up the name of the server hosting your game as quickly as possible. This is done via a service called DNS. Think of it like your phone’s contacts. You don’t know everyone’s telephone number, so you look up their name and it tells you what their telephone number is. Same thing with websites.
The quickest change is to change the DNS. You do this by following these steps:
- Log into your PS4
- Head up to Settings
- Find the Network settings
- Choose WiFi (ideally select LAN if you have a wired connection)
- Select CUSTOM
- Connect to your home WiFi
- Select automatic settings until you see the DNS screen.
- Choose Manual and enter 22.214.171.124 as your Primary DNS and 126.96.36.199 as your Secondary DNS which is CloudFlare’s DNS. If this doesn’t increase your speed, you can also try to enter Google’s DNS which is: 188.8.131.52 for the Primary DNS and 184.108.40.206 for the Secondary DNS.
Here is the info about CloudFlare’s NEW Family DNS too:
Method 2: PS4 Port Forward
when you play a game, it uses various “ports” to send the info to your PS4 and your PS4 responds by sending the gaming server info on specific ports. Think of these as dedicated lanes on the freeway that are for a specific game. Since there is no other traffic in that lane except for the game, then the gameplay is much smoother and lag is dramatically reduced.
Simply follow the steps in this guide to set up the PS4 Port Forwarding
You can also watch this video about Port Forwarding:
Method 3: Troubleshoot your Network
Before you call your ISP and tell them what you think of their terrible Internet speed, you need to make sure that they are indeed at fault. In most cases I have seen, the cause for the slow Wifi is actually something that can easily be solvable by troubleshooting your own WiFi network.
To troubleshoot your network all you need to do is use the process of elimination until you can identify the area that is at fault.
Method 4: SEE your WiFi Signals
This is pretty epic – if you can actually see your WiFi signal strength at every location, you know where you have strong and weak signals. You could reposition your router, move your PlayStation for that PS4 Internet speed, or add a booster to cover that area!
How can you see the Wifi Signal? – here is how:
Read this next:
- Best way for your router antenna position to boost your WiFi
- How to stop your movies from buffering
- This FREE app lets you SEE your WiFi Signal!
and watch this too: