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How you game is up to you. But one thing is clear – you need fast and ultra-reliable internet. Learn how RCN empowers gamers just like you to get the best experience.

Fast Internet That Elevates Your Gameplay

RCN’s fiber rich internet delivers gig speed internet no matter what high-bandwidth activity you choose. What’s this mean for you? Faster internet speeds, drastically reduced bandwidth, and more reliable gameplay when compared to cable.

Reliable Streaming

Reliable Streaming

Dropping frames is the last thing you need, whether you’re growing your audience or watching your favorite streamer. With RCN, you get peace of mind knowing you have reliable internet that works as hard as you do 24/7.

Kick Lag Spikes To The Curb

Kick Lag Spikes To The Curb

With features that are designed for gamers, by gamers. Never fight over bandwidth again, stabilize your ping, and remove the headache of networking. Get the NETGEAR Nighthawk® Pro Gaming router starting at only $12.95/month.

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Watch or join gaming communities online. There’s something for everyone whether you want to improve your game, support your favorite charity, or hang out with like-minded people.

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*Experienced speeds may vary. Equipment priced separately.

Fast & Reliable Speeds To Power All Your Devices

Tackle any challenge with internet that extends to every corner of your home

Desktops & Laptops

Desktops & Laptops

Ultra-fast internet connection that reacts as quickly as your fingers do.

Mobile Devices

Mobile Devices

Step into the action anywhere in your home with a reliable fiber rich connection.

Gaming Consoles

Gaming Consoles

Bring 4K high definition video to life for truly immersive gameplay.

Wireless Speakers

Wireless Speakers

Get amped up in the arena and flex your skills on the battlefield.

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Gaming Internet FAQs

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What is the best internet for gaming?

Gig speed internet is the best internet for gaming because it enables higher internet speeds that drastically reduce bandwidth. If you’re a competitive gamer or an avid Twitch viewer, you’ll want a Gigabit connection to keep up with bandwidth requirements.

How much data does gaming online use?

Depending on the game you play, online gaming uses anywhere from 40MB to 300MB per hour. The bigger consideration is how many other devices are using your internet at the same time. If you also have household members streaming shows, working from home, or smart devices keeping your home running, that takes up a good chunk of your broadband. With Gig internet, you can continue gaming without dropping frames while other devices are connected.

Why are upload and download speeds important for gaming?

Upload and download speed are important in gaming because they determine the speed at which data is transferred. The upload speeds are the rate at which your device sends data to a server hosting the game while the download speeds tracks the speed at which your computer receives data from the server. Higher upload and download speeds help keep your game running smoothly, which is why fiber-based Gig internet is so beneficial to online gaming.

How do I reduce latency and lag for gaming?

If you are gaming online the best way to experience lower latencies is by directly connecting an Ethernet cable (Cat 5 or 6 is recommended) from your modem to your device. This is because a wired connection is faster and more reliable than a wireless connection.

However, if you are playing on a wireless connection you can reduce latency and lag is by optimizing your WiFi. Start by preventing WiFi interference by placing your router in an open space towards the center of the house, reducing the number of devices on your WiFi, and cleaning your devices of viruses or malware. Your modems may also need to be updated.

You may consider a whole home WiFi solution — like eero — to help extend your internet’s reach to every corner of your home. If you’ve taken steps to increase your WiFi speeds and it isn’t working, re-evaluate what internet is best for your household. With more WiFi use, it may be time to upgrade your internet.

What is the best router for gaming online?

If you’re looking to up your game the first thing you need is a router capable of delivering low latency and a stable ping.

The NETGEAR Nighthawk® Pro Gaming router leverages the latest software (DumaOS) and hardware technologies (WiFi 6) to support more devices with better reliability and faster internet speeds.

For example, Geo-Filtering and Geo-fencing give you control over the geographic area where the hosting and players for your game. Quality of Service (QoS) enables you to prioritize traffic or devices to maximize bandwidth on your network.

What modem should I use for gaming and streaming?

The recommended modem for gaming and streaming is DOCSIS 3.0 / 3.1. These modems are best for high-speed internet, such as Gig services. With the modem, you’ll have an increased transmission range and sensitivity for quality gaming performance.

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*Internet download speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Observed speeds may vary based on device connection & other factors outside of RCN’s control. Gig Internet offers speeds up to 940 Mbps. See rcn.com/yourspeed for why speeds may vary. Certain equipment may be required to receive Gigabit speeds up to 940 Mbps. RCN substantiates that the cable modem equipment provided, and the configuration of such cable modem, meets the broadband speeds advertised when attached to a wired connection based on SamKnows testing procedures. High-speed modem required for RCN High-Speed Internet service.If a data outlet is needed, an additional outlet fee may apply in addition to applicable installation fees. Actual speeds may vary; stated speeds are up to subscribed to/stated speed and are not guaranteed. The actual range and reliability of a wireless network is affected by a number of factors. Downstream data speed may be affected by whether the data accessed is cached or non-cached; Internet-related factors, such as the location and configuration of each accessed server; internal network factors, including customer compliance with RCN usage policies set forth in the acceptable usage policy; the level of overall traffic; and the customer’s computer configuration. RCN's FCC Network Management Disclosure makes available information regarding our network management practices and the performance and commercial terms of our Internet access services to enable you to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of our services, in accordance with Part 8 of the Rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Activation and installation not included. $12.95 per month is an additional monthly fee and includes 1 Pro-gaming router. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, NIGHTHAWK, the NIGHTHAWK logo, NIGHTHAWK PRO GAMING and the NIGHTHAWK PRO GAMING logo are trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. DumaOS is a trademark of Netduma Software, Ltd. Any other trademarks in this communication are for reference purposes only. ©2021 NETGEAR, Inc. All rights reserved. All names, logos, images and service marks are property of their respective owners.

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