Myself and My roommate both play Ghost Recon Wildlands pvp on the ps4 and Im having some problems I hope can be sorted out.
Originally I had a Airport extreme as our primary router and after reading online about the best way to configure settings for two ps4's on the same network with the apple router I learned that the apple router was not the best for online gaming. Several people reported having great luck using a netgear ac1900 router with the NAT filter set to open. I bought one on Amazon and it seemed to work much better. While within the return period I learned of the xr500. It seemed to be the holy grail so I went ahead and returned the ac1900 and bought a xr500 from Amazon. I also decided to replace my modem (Arris TM 1602) with a Netgear cm600 as I read about a problem with the arris and the puma chipset.
For the most part it seemed to work better but after about a week we started having problems with the gameplay. It seemed when we were playing that one of us would have a great connection and the other would not. Originally I thought It was just my roommate bitching because he was just not having a good game but after about a week I realized that rebooting the router would result in both of us having a very good connection (and roommate going from no kills to a 7:1 kdr) and improved gameplay. Now it has become a necessity to reboot the router before we play every night as if I dont 9 out of 10 times one of us have connection problems (bullets registering and lag)
So currently connection is charter spectrum> Netgear cm600 modem> Xr500 router all devices connected to xr500, Nat filter set to open, Qos enabled when high priority device detected, Geo filter set for USA, Anti buffer bloat set to 70%. We both get open NAT in Ghost Recon Wildlands and connection test in ps4 checks out. As an experiment I have tried turning off wifi on the router while we play but did not seem to make any difference.
Odd problems I have noticed:
About a week ago while playing I checked the QOS setting and noticed that instead of both playstation consoles having priority that there were two devices that I did not even recognize on my network that had priority. I changed it back to the consoles having priority but did not notice much of a difference.
Also I have noticed in the last couple of days that multiple devices in the network keep changing device type to playstation. I have been changing them back as I find them thinking maybe that is causing problems.
Several devices on the network keep dropping connection, Harmony hubs and nest cam outdoor seem to be the main problem (I read that a future firmware update should correct this).
Now after return period has expired My roommate is pissed off as he split this $300 gaming router with Me per my recommendation and is wanting me to change router back to Airport extreme as we truly had a better gameplay experience but Im telling him it should get sorted out with a firmware update. Im on the most current firmware btw.
When rebooting the router (on a nightly basis now) I have been using the Netgear app on my phone but notice that sometimes I have to reboot more than once for everything to be stable. Would it be better to just pull the power when rebooting?
Both consoles are connected directly to the router with cat 6 cable.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.