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How to improve the Internet speed of the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles on the market, partly because of its flexibility. However, a stable Internet speed is required to take full advantage of it.

Users of a Nintendo Switch have various options when playing. On the one hand, they can switch between stationary and handheld mode. On the other hand, they can purchase and play games haptically or download them from the Nintendo eShop. For the latter option, however, you need a stable Internet speed not only when downloading, but also when playing. atechbook shows how you can ensure this and improve it if necessary.

Preparations for stable Internet on the Nintendo Switch

Even though some improvements have been made on the OLED version, the Nintendo Switch is still not known for its good WLAN reception. You can therefore take some precautions from the start to keep the Internet connection stable.

For example, make sure that the console is not too far away from the WLAN router. Users often report problems at a distance of at least five meters. However, do not place the Nintendo Switch directly next to it, as this can lead to overlapping with other WLAN signals. Possible sources of interference such as glass, mirrors or self-transmitting devices like a microwave should also not be in the vicinity.

Also, make sure that you have a sufficiently powerful Internet connection. Even though the Nintendo Switch doesn’t need as much power as, say, a PS5, cloud gaming still relies on a certain transfer rate. A download speed of about 50 Mbit/s is recommended.

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Nintendo Switch with poor Wi-Fi connection – what should I do?

If you often experience stutters while playing because the Internet does not run smoothly, you can also use a wired router connection with the Nintendo Switch. To do this, you connect a LAN adapter to the back of the Nintendo Switch station. However, you can only play games in TV mode with this variant. With the help of a USB LAN adapter, this is also possible with the Lite version without a station. In this case, however, it is best to use licensed accessories.

Alternatively, you can also switch to a different frequency band of your router. AVM Fritzboxes, for example, offer an analysis option in the internal user interface to determine less-used frequencies. You can then change the WLAN channel via your router settings.

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Otherwise, if the Internet connection is generally poor, it can help to turn off other Internet-connected devices while playing. Pending updates on the Nintendo Switch may also slow down the Internet speed. So always keep the console up to date.


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