ps4 internet speed boost

How to INSTANTLY boost your PS4 internet speed and fix that lag!

When you play online games with your PS4, you want a nice fast internet connection. If you don’t, there is so much lag (delay for the layman) 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.

This happened to me and my teammates just gave up and left me to die on the Call Of Duty Battleground.

In order to fix my PS4’s slow internet and boost it’s speed, there isn’t much you can do. It’s not like a gaming computer that you can buy better components, more ram, better graphics card, and processor. Also, I don’t want to spend that kind of money.

How can you boost your PS4 internet speed for FREE :

  1. Log into your PS4
  2. Head up to Settings
  3. Find the Network settings
  4. Choose WiFi (ideally select LAN if you have a wired connection)
  5. Select CUSTOM
  6. Connect to your home WiFi
  7. Select automatic settings until you see the DNS screen.
  8. Choose Manual and enter 1.1.1.1 as your primary DNS and 1.0.0.1 as your secondary DNS.

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7 comments

  1. This is only going to make any difference if your existing ISP’s DNS server is horribly slow.

    Even then, when playing online games, how often does your computer / gaming console need to look up IP addresses? I’m not a gamer but I’m guessing a couple times as you get into the game, and not much after that…? It’s not like your game is a website and you’re constantly surfing over to new links. Even then, the machine’s OS caches a whole lot of frequently/recently used IPs so once you have connected it probably doesn’t do DNS lookups more than a couple of times during the game.

    I’ve tried changing DNS servers and the only difference it ever made was to make some websites available that I couldn’t get before. I think you need to change your ISP.

  2. yes and no.
    Yes – if your current ISP DNS is horrible, then you need to change it.
    No – its not about getting an IP address as that happens once, but its about the latency.
    During online gaming your PS4 is constantly sending and receiving info from the gaming server. If there is a large lag/ high latency/ slow internet connection then your character in the game isn’t sending or receiving info fast enough. Effectivly means you aren’t “keeping up”. By changing the DNS, you are effectively testing DNS that have less hops which means its quicker.
    Also it absolutely depends on where in the world you are, how many hops away from the server, how quick your bandwidth is, any throttling on your line, what other activity is currently happening on your network etc.
    But as you can see in the test, just by changing the DNS, my download speed gets faster.

  3. Dude, it’s literally not possible that changing DNS improved your download speed by any kind of significant amount. As a “techie guy” you should know this. There has to be another factor at play there.

    Downloads speeds are dependent on lots of things and I guarantee that if you do lots of tests – I mean a statistically significant number of tests, at different times of day – you will get different results. And then switch back to your ISP’s DNS and run the same number of tests again and the numbers will be the same.

    As you point out yourself, latency is about the number of hops and how long each hop takes to process the packets. Speed is total packet throughput. DNS is about converting URLs to IP addresses. All three are interdependent, *to a certain extent*, but there is no way on earth that changing to a different DNS server can make that big a difference to download speeds. Seriously. Not possible.

  4. Thanks. I’ve run Namebench before and it made little to no difference to my download speeds. Which is why I said if it does make a difference you must have a really crap ISP. But thanks for the education.

    To quote the first article referenced:
    “Domain Name Servers (DNS) are translators that convert website names to IP Addresses”
    and
    “However, because of the complex variables involved, no single option can be said to be the best for all when it comes to speed”

    Also, as expected, the entire article concentrates entirely on latency, measured in ms. No mention of download speed at all, measured in Mb/s. The Macworld article is just the same information in different words.

    Both articles have references to how DNS lookup speeds are so many hundreds of per cent faster, but nothing that has anything to do with download speeds.

    The techie guy reference *was* apparently necessary because I read a technical blog on a technical topic giving misleading technical information. Thanks for allowing me to be right, which is very cool of you. Seriously, find a more formal reference than a couple of magazine articles that shows I am wrong and I will happily eat as many plates of humble pie as you like, but I really don’t understand how you think DNS can have anything to do with throughput speeds, because that data doesn’t even go anywhere near the DNS servers.

    And of course it’s your blog so you can be as sarcastic as you like but I lost all respect for your column.

    1. P.S. I just went through your previous response and it sounds very much like you are talking about latency *of data throughput* whereas the DNS test results set out in those articles are about latency *of DNS servers*. Not the same.

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