Explain the difference between Streaming and Gaming QoS settings


  • With the improved Wi-Fi experience that Amplifi brings to our home, it introduces a new problem. Our devices can finally talk to our 85mbps-down/6mbps-up comcast connection at full speed. Now, if my iMac is updating Photos in the cloud at 6mbps-up, it can hose my partner who is trying to have a FaceTime chat with a friend.

    Essentially, I’d like to prioritize the iPads which get used for video chat over the iMac that gets used for Netflix, but both of them are technically streaming data. So, can I set the iPads to “gaming” and the the iMac to “streaming” can get the iPads to have priority over the iMac? I would leave the other 12 devices at normal (iPhones, laptop, printer, etc.)

    Thanks,
    AJ


  • Yes, this!

    I would like to know what QoS rules mean for each option. Gaming/Streaming/Normal is too generic and we don't know what effect it has on traffic


  • Hey @AJ-Alfieri-Crispin and @Christopher-Demicoli thanks for the great questions!

    Wireless devices are set to Normal by default when they are connected. Streaming is a step above Normal and Gaming would receive the highest priority. @AJ-Alfieri-Crispin that's correct, you'll want to set the iPads to Gaming and the iMac to Streaming while leaving your other devices at normal.

    Thanks!


  • @ubnt-chance Thanks!


  • @ubnt-chance Thanks for the expaination, why not just rename the QoS Settings in the app to "default, high, highest" ? Would make the things more clear 🙂

    In addition a "low" setting would be nice to have where I can set devices to which shouldnt get any priority at all and their internet access is less important than "default".

    Thanks alot!


  • @marco-götze I want to second a request for "Low" priority. I don't mind if my 9-year old's YouTube pauses to cache if it means that actual work is less disrupted.


  • @Chance this is an odd choice... streaming can afford a bit more leeway than gaming. I made that mistake and kept dropping packets playing a competitive battle royale online. Actually it dropped packets no matter what I did but never imagined to set the gaming PC to streaming for higher priority.

    It also doesn't clarify if gaming is below or above normal.

    Would be more interesting to have a short paragraph explaining how the different modes prioritize and optimize for different network traffic types. But I still feel that "gaming" especially when it comes to an online FPS, should have the highest priority. Buffering services have... a buffer.


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