Hello, I purchased a Netgear Nighthawk XR500 several months ago and i just want to ensure that i have it configured optimally. To give you a little background on my current setup i am using a Ubee E31U2V1 modem supplied by Charter/Spectrum. Unfortunately i am located in Hawaii and the ISP's are not the greatest here, but i am forced to work with what i have. I am on a (cable) broadband internet connection with a download speed of 940mbps and an upload speed of 35mbps. The only users of the home network are myself and my fiancée, we are both avid gamers and have our gaming PC's connected via shielded CAT6 cable directly into the router. I do currently have QoS enabled. I have given most of the bandwidth to our gaming pc's equally,with the overall sliders set at 90%. I did read on the forums that it is recommended to be at 70% but didnt think that was necessary in our setup.When we are both gaming there is no other traffic on the network. Should i still utilize the QoS feature on the router? Is there anything else i can do to optimize the network? My ping while gaming is anywhere from 60-100. I am unable to check modem logs since the ISP blocks it, however i did work as a cable technician for a few years and when the service was installed/upgraded i made the tech show me all the readings and everything on the ISP's end seems to be in order so i don't believe there are any issues with them. Unfortunately due to geographic location i know that my ping will definitely be higher than someone located in the states, i am mostly concerned with my connection to Fortnite's West Coast servers. I have tried using VPN service as well, such as Mudfish, but did not notice any improvement with ping. My main goal is to have consistently low ping, preferably 60-70. I have seen it drop as low as 55 on occasion and am wondering why it cant always stay at 50-60.
Thank you for your time and hopefully you are able to provide me with some guidance!