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The PS4 is currently the top-selling console machine in the US. People were already anticipating its release two years ago and were put on a waiting list a year before it came out. When you’ve waited so long to bring this new computerized gaming guru home, there is nothing worse than when your PS4 Internet speed isn’t as fast as it should be.
You may have expected to spend more time that night with his new best friend — the PS4 — than with your girlfriend. But you were probably expecting to spend your night playing that sizzling new video game, not staying up all night waiting for the console to download the game. By the second hour, you probably had a few choice words for your game console — but it may not be the PS4’s fault at all.
Newly released consoles, computers, DVD players, and other electronics are usually pushed out the door with a few bugs still in them. The development team makes these bugs a priority and sends out a fix as soon as it’s ready. One of the first things new PS4 owners should check for is a software update to make sure they are running the most current drivers for their system.
Other software applications can slow down the bandwidth speed on the PS4, or the entire network. Verify that firewalls, antivirus programs and other third-party programs are not interfering with the PS4. If the software is on the computer, then it is nothing to worry about, but software that may be running on the modem or router can slow down the bandwidth speed.
Remember that removing firewalls or antivirus programs increases your risk factor against hackers.
Routers and modems will slow down the bandwidth speed on a network, but they are a necessary evil. The better one you have, the less bandwidth that will be absorbed by the device. If your computer or other devices on the network are running fine, then consider other options. If the PS4 is wireless, then connect a LAN cable to it to see how it runs. Change the LAN connection to one of the other ports in the router to make sure the port has not gone bad. Change the LAN cable.
Wireless connections always get less bandwidth than wired connections. Wireless connections must travel through the air to get to the device, and air is not very conductive.
Playstation’s User’s Guide says to select Network, and click Test Internet Connection to test your Upload and Download speeds. Run a speed test on your other devices on the network and compare their speeds to the PS4’s. If they are all about the same, then you may have to contact your ISP to resolve the issue. Let’s face it, if your computer or other devices are running a little slow that’s fine, but if your PS4 Internet speed is slow, that’s just not right.
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Paul Williams brings a wide range of experiences to his writing. He worked extensively in technology, as a software engineer, technical writer, and now a technology writer. Known as the leader of one of the top American Spacerock bands, his forward-looking music continues to be heard all over the world.