QoS: Optimize Your Wi-Fi Network

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QoS: Optimize Your Wi-Fi Network                                                                 

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Have you ever been frustrated by network latency when gaming? Have you ever been annoyed seeing your streaming video skip or buffer? Maybe you need QoS to help optimize your Wi-Fi network.

 

What is QoS?

QoS stands for Quality of Service. Just as the name suggests, it is a mechanism to ensure the quality of network. The measurement of QoS concerns several technical indicators, such as bandwidth, packet loss, errors, latency, and jitter (latency variance that may seriously affect the quality of streaming video and voice). What QoS does is ensure enough bandwidth of critical network traffic under limited network capacity.

 

Why Do We Need QoS?

Without QoS, the internet works like a “best-effort” system that tries its best to handle all of the data and treats it all equally. The more and more diversified services today increase the risk of traffic congestion on the internet. With undifferentiated treatment, non-important applications might gobble up too much bandwidth while important ones are starved of bandwidth.

QoS rises to tackle the challenge. The core of QoS is assigning different priorities to different applications and handling each accordingly. Real-time and important data packets are handled first and guaranteed certain amount of bandwidth. With QoS, you can ensure that your laptop or movie stream is first in line for network.