I am wondering if anybody has any suggestion on how to tweak a home network to reduce latency, without buying new hardware or upgrading my internet connection.
I have a somewhat slow internet connection (advertised download 1Mbps and upload 384 Kbps). I use wifi for my mobile.
When I use the SmartThings App to turn on/off my lights, I noticed that if I am only browsing web pages, the response is immediate. If I have one youtube or downloading going on, then the delay is about 1 second; if I have two, then about 2 seconds; and so on…
I have tried to set QoS in my wireless router (WRT54G) to tell it to give higher priority to the port my hub is connected to and also to give my mobile device (based on its MAC) higher priority. However, that doesn’t seem to have any impact. Perhaps setting QoS is not effective for burst transmissions. It is more for gaming.
I don’t see any QoS setting in my DSL modem so I don’t think I can adjust anything there (and I doubt there is a way for me to control incoming QoS at that point anyways).