How To Prioritize Devices On Router

How To Prioritize Devices On Router

Are you a fan of hierarchy and social rankings? Well, hierarchy is a significant aspect of the society that keeps things in check and balance and helps the members to have access to available resources according to their needs.

Well, this ranking could be considered a positive thing but it is not always the case as the lower one in the hierarchy will complain about the limited or no access to resources. This may sound heartbreaking but the fact is no different than the universal law of survival of the fittest.

So, if you want to survive the tough competition, you have to put yourself at the top of the food chain as this is the only way to get yourself rid of the potential predators. Similar to all other walks of life, telecommunication is no exception to this universal legacy of hierarchy and order.

Communication resources are one of the most desired and significant resources in modern times and with the overwhelming increase in the number of active users the competition and traffic on internet sites is more than ever. Bypassing the normal capacity of the router will lead to buffering and thus irritate the internet users.

If you are stuck by the overloaded router then put yourself above all other internet users and enjoy the blitzing fast internet connection without worrying about the router capacity or the internet traffic.

How To Prioritize Devices On Router

To prioritize your device you can either use Google Home App or Google WIFI app. Follow the given steps and enjoy the speedy internet connection.

  • Using Google Home App or Google WIFI app
  • Click on the Google Home app and tap on wifi.
  • Open devices are given under available devices in the Home app.
  • Tap on the desired device displayed by the MAC address to prioritize it.
  • After selecting the set priority option you will be directed to the time duration for how long you need to prioritize that specific device. You can choose from 1, 2 or 4 hours.
  • Click on save to make changes to your default wifi settings.

What is meant by prioritizing your device on WIFI?

Prioritizing your device means setting it to enjoy the maximum signal transmission in case the capacity of the router to connect multiple devices is exceeded above average and many devices are sharing the same internet connection.

Device priority will make sure that the device above the top is running at the fastest internet connection compared to other devices connected. This can be understood by the common example that if you got three apples to be distributed among five users then the person at the top of the priority list will have one whole apple while the rest four each will get two and a half (4/2).

Well, this may sound like an unjustified distribution that is 1:05 but when you consider that you are paying for the router and internet bill and want to enjoy the fastest internet connection then you would be satisfied with this justification.

Why is prioritizing significant?

Device prioritizing is based on hardware settings using the MAC address of the device and it will port the internet signals first through the prioritized MAC device and then the signals left after the desired use in the priority device will be transferred to other devices.

The significance of the prioritization will be evident when your internet speed will be drastically changed from buffering every 30 seconds to no buffering at all during your 30 minutes video streaming.

Does prioritization have any effect on the bandwidth?

When you set your laptop or any other device as the priority device, the router will allocate more bandwidth to that specific device. In this way, there will be more speedily signal transmission and users can enjoy buffer-free internet while watching a movie on your TV or downloading their favorite videos.

The speed of the internet connection is directly dependent upon the bandwidth coverage and its requirement for streaming and web browsing. It is no wonder that most common households have smart devices ranging between two to ten that need an internet connection.

Many modern routers have a good enough capacity of connecting up to 10 to 15 devices and this makes the router capable of fulfilling the demands as well as allow room for guest devices and any neighbor device that needs a quick internet connection for the moment.

Quality of Service feature and device prioritization

The quality of services is complemented by the device priority. Let’s suppose that ten devices are using the internet inside the house. The router simply, will allocate the internet flow to all connected devices equally that will negatively affect the speed of connections.

Since the signals are divided among ten users the share of each one will likely be far less than a single user. In order to tackle this problem, the latest routers have introduced quality of service features that will help in the device prioritization of the connected routers.

Quality of service feature was also available in older routers and modems but it follows through a complex procedure that makes it potentially impossible for common. But with the rapid advancements in the technological field, the quality of service feature has been complimented by Media Access Control (MAC). The MAC address of the device is distinct for each device and this will help the user in, putting each device inside the house in order of the internet demand.

Bottom line

To put it in a nutshell you can say that there are five devices currently using the internet connection inside your house (designated A to E Letters) that are causing buffering in the movie played on the large screen (D) in the living room.

To comfort the users watching the movie you can put the MAC address of the smart TV that is D as the number 1 device to access the internet followed by the laptop as device C. Smartphone as device B and the Chromecast as device A is on the 4th rank followed by desktop (E) used by your little sibling at the lowest rung.


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By Matt Peter

Hi, this is Matt Peter from California, USA. By profession, I am working as an electrical engineer with a reputable Electronics Company here in California. I am a tech savvy person, and that is why I love my job. This blog is my part time hobby, and I love to write reviews about different products based on my own knowledge and experience. When you go through my reviews, you will feel that they are unbiased reviews as they come direct from my heart for tech lovers. The purpose is to help and guide people who are looking to buy or upgrade their electronic gadgets like monitors and home theatres etc. Enjoy and give your feedback in comments!


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