This past holiday season was a pretty momentous one for gamers, with two major gaming companies releasing revolutionary systems designed to streamline all of your entertainment. Whether you went for the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One (and it would seem that a million more of you went for the Playstation 4), they’re bound to be keeping you sane while you’re hiding away from the frigid temperatures of this ungodly winter.
Anyway, the gift-giving season has come to an end, so you’ve either already got your Playstation 4, or you’re planning on using the money/gift cards you’ve received to get one, so you better make sure you know what your gaming system is capable of. Moreover, we here at FlashRouters want to ensure that your Playstation 4 experience is as fluid and hassle-free as possible. That’s why we offer the fastest PS4 routers and most powerful PS4 routers on the market.
So please enjoy this primer on the PS4, and check out some of the best PS4 routers you can find.
Meet the Sony PS4
Most likely, if you are here, you know about the PS4 – you know about the multitude of features, the way it’s intended to overtake all other media platforms in your home – and you just want to find the best PS4 router we can offer you. Well, if that’s the case, feel free to skip to the end and get what you need. For the rest of you, maybe an introduction to this tremendously power gaming console is in order…
When you open your PS4 box, you’ll find a gaming console, an HDMI cable, a mono headset, and a Dualshock 4 controller. The gaming console contains a 500gb hard drive, which is an absolute necessity since, as yet, you can’t store your games on an external hard drive. You’ll also find a blu-ray drive for games and movies, alongside two USB ports, and a wireless adapter.
In addition to PS4-exclusive games like Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, and Resogun, you’ll also be able to play Flower, Angry Birds Star Wars, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Madden NFL 25, and plenty of others. In fact, there are about a couple hundred more games in production at the moment. Currently, games from previous Playstation systems can be streamed on your PS4, but your physical copies of the games are not compatible with the PS4 architecture.
Of course, with your mono headset, you can engage in interactive gaming, and even share your best moments within the PS4 community. The Dual-shock 4 PS4 controller is also particularly noteworthy, as it comes with a six-axis sensor and a touch pad located at the top of the controller.
We haven’t even mentioned all of the apps that come with each PS4 such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant, Crackle, Hulu Plus, and plenty of other media services that will make your PS4 your one-way ticket to every kind of entertainment you enjoy.
Sony PS4 Specs & Availability
We said above that the Playstation 4 handily outsold the Xbox One in the short time they’ve both been available. It’s worth mentioning that might have something to do with the wider availability of the Playstation 4, which is currently on sale in 53 countries and territories compared to the Xbox One’s 13 countries (the fact that the PS4 is $100 cheaper certainly helps too).
You’re not too likely to encounter a Playstation 4 at retail stores, though most of the usual suspects (Best Buy, Walmart, etc.) do indeed sell them. You’re probably better off buying it online on, say, eBay, then running store to store trying to track one down in person.
If you’re more interested in the technical specs of the PS4, check them out below (courtesy of IGN).
PS4 CPU Specs
- Custom CPU for background processing such as downloading and recording gameplay.
- Number of Cores/Threads: 8/8
- Frequency: speculated to be running a base clock speed of 1.6 Ghz on a 2.75 Ghz capable chip
- Shared L2 Cache: 2 x 2 MB
PS4 GPU Specs
- AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
- Peak Shader Throughput: 69.420 TFLOPS
- GPU Cores: 1152
- GPU Clock: 800 MHz
PS4 Memory Specs
- 8GB GDDR5
- Frequency: 5500 MHz
- System Memory Bus: 256-bit
- System Memory Bandwidth: 176.0 GB/s
Internal Storage: 500GB hard disk drive, user removable
Networking: Ethernet x1, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
External Dimensions/Weight: Approximately 275 x 53 x 305 mm / Approx 2.8 kg (6.2 lb)
Blu-Ray/DVD drive (read only): BD x 6 CAV, DVD x 8 CAV, Blu-ray and DVD playback, no audio CD support
Input/Output Ports: Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) x 2, AUX port x 1
AV output: HDMI out port (720p, 1080i, & 1080p HD output), digital out optical port. SD output is supported for lower-resolution displays.
PS4 Included Peripherals: PlayStation 4 system x 1, Wireless controller (DualShock 4) x 1, Mono headset x 1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x 1, USB cable x 1
How a Router Can Effect the Playstation 4/PS4 Experience?
Picking the right PS4 router is no easy task; this is, after all, the gaming console that is supposed to make all of your other media players superfluous. Fortunately for you, FlashRouters have a line of devices ready to handle any amount of gaming or streaming that you can throw at them.
First, let’s explain what we do here: At FlashRouters, we offer routers that are designed to best any competitor in terms of compatibility, power, and versatility. In order to accomplish that, we flash all of our routers with DDWRT or Tomato firmware.
These replacement firmwares are perfect for a Playstation 4 user. Their many features include allowing you to access advanced security options (very important for a system that allows for interactive gaming), extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated (you’ll definitely want to prioritize your Playstation 4 with a PS4 Router, as gaming and streaming are big bandwidth hogs).
For gamers looking to utilize OpenVPN, PPTP or L2TP connections with a PS4, a FlashRouter adds full integration possibilities for those adding support for personal VPN connections as well as those to VPN providers. Besides protecting your location privacy for PS4 users using PS Plus as well as allowing for blocked content for downloading games, using the PS Now streaming popular movies on the services mentioned above like Netflix, Hulu , Vudu and more.
Open source FlashRouters also have all kinds of NAT, and Port Forwarding controls that work consistently unlike many manufacturer firmwares which may have some limited settings but also provide limited functionality. There is an excellent Playstation Forum post that provides a truly in-depth look at port forwarding, NAT and understanding the importance of a router in your Playstation gaming experience.
So basically, an open-source FlashRouter enables you to be able to enact some of the best possible ways of managing your Internet stability, bandwidth and stability that a device straight from Best Buy or Fry’s will not. Plus, we actually include one-on-one US based remote support to make sure your network performing optimally for the best Playstation Gaming experience. Sounds good, no?
Best WiFi PS4/Playstation 4 Routers
Well then you might want to take a look at these networking behemoths ready to revamp how your wireless network (hopefully you’re not just using your boring ISP router that malfunctions and under-performs in just about all of these increasingly important networking tasks). It important to note that out-of-the-box PS4 is Wireless-N single band capable only so for premium performance, we recommend wiring your router to your PS4 if you can.
As 2015 rolls on into 2016 we expect a heavier reliance on Wireless-AC so adding a Wireless-AC adapter or media connector may be ideal for those who must always use wireless for connecting to the PS4. Still, getting a fully powered wireless router will make your network ready as demand for connectivity and bandwidth increases through the home.
Now that you have a better idea of what a FlashRouter is, why don’t we introduce you to a popular prosumer gaming routers of them that will transform your PS4 experience!
- NEW! Asus RT-AC88U Wireless-AC DDWRT Router – Our most recent Wireless-AC entry with up to AC3100 wireless power to our line with 8 gigabit ports and a 1.4 GHz processor with all of the speed and power you’d want to handle any gaming or streaming requirements and the only one with 4 high gain antennas!
- Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 DD-WRT – Our top of the line Netgear with a 1 Ghz processor networking device, now more stable than ever with better firmware. Up to 1900 Mbps Wireless-AC. Dream bait for any real gamer.
- Asus RT-AC66U DDWRT Router – A top Wireless-AC router, ready to future proof your network for the next-gen in wireless protocols.
- Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight TomatoUSB Router – A router that can handle any amount of traffic that you throw at it.
- Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – A terrific economy WiFi router option from Linksys. Works like a router sold at twice the price!