Google Stadia Tips and Tricks to reduce Lag/Stutter for Wireless users

Last updated on Sep 15, 2021

Posted on Sep 15, 2021

For the last month, I have switched to a more wireless-style setup at my work desk. I have switched out most of my peripherals with wireless counterparts, minimized the number of cables connecting to my laptop, and switched to Wi-Fi.

Now, this was indeed frustrating for the first few weeks. Cloud Gaming was increasingly annoying with its periodic lags, cutouts, and micro stutters. But, as time went on and more time was spent researching possible troubleshooting fixes, I was finally able to get to the point where my experience on wireless is nearly the same as it was while I was wired!

In this article, I hope to share these tips and tricks that I have found to help you get to that point.

Let us begin!

1 - Make sure you are close to your router

First and foremost, when I mean close to your router, I do not mean literally having your router sitting right next to your computer.

This could actually do more harm than good.

For best results, make sure your router is in the same room as you, or at least one room over. Understandably, changing the position of your desk and/or router may not be possible, but it is one of the best ways to help with keeping a stable connection.

2 - Reboot your router and/or device

One of the oldest yet most effective troubleshooting steps is to restart the devices causing an issue. If you notice significant latency, lag, or stutter while cloud gaming, try restarting your router and the device you are playing on.

After a restart, give it 10 minutes and try launching a game on Google Stadia and see if there have been any improvements.

3 - 5GHz is a must

Make sure your router supports 5GHz WiFi.

Most wireless devices utilize 2.4GHz Wireless. This means that the channels that utilize 2.4GHz WiFi are usually overcrowded. More wireless signals on a channel mean more chances that your connection gets disrupted.

Utilizing 5GHz WiFi will utilize more, less crowded channels, allowing your connection to be more stable.

4 - Disable WiFi AutoDiscovery (Windows devices only)

This fix is more prominent to devices that use an Intel Wireless card, but it could work for any device.

Many devices that support WiFi have an "AutoDiscovery" feature that will scan for accessible wireless networks. Unfortunately, each time it scans, it runs the risk of disrupting your wireless connection, even for a brief second. This AutoDiscovery process causes a large number of lag/stutters when you are using a Cloud Gaming service.

Another thing to note about this fix is that it utilizes registry edits. Editing your registry could damage your computer. Make sure you create a backup of your registry before making any changes!

  1. Open Registry Editor on your Windows 10/Windows 11 Computer
  2. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
  3. Now you see a list of folders: 0001, 0002, 0003 and so on... Click each folder until you see a key named 'AdapterModel' containing the name of your WLAN adapter.
  4. Add 4 Dword values (Right-Click > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value) to the folder that contains your WLAN adapter with the following names:
  5. Change their value date to 1 (hexadecimal), and it should end up looking like this...

After making these changes, you will be unable to search for Wireless networks on your Windows devices. But, it should automatically connect to your previously connected WiFi connection. If you need to search for a network, you will need to re-open Registry Editor and change these values to zero to re-enable WiFi AutoDiscovery.

5 - Disable or Enable QoS

Quality of Service (QoS) allows for a router to prioritize specific traffic coming from your device. Depending on the router you have, QoS can be set up to prioritize specific traffic, or it will automatically decide what traffic is priority and what is not.

If your router automatically decides what priority traffic is and what is not, there could be a possibility that, if you have it enabled, it could be limiting the traffic coming from your cloud gaming service.

So, if you are noticing lag and stutter while gaming on Google Stadia, try disabling or enabling QoS on your router.

6 - WiFi 6

Spending money on new equipment should be the last thing you try, but if you try all of the other troubleshooting tips in this article, and are still running into issues with your current router, find out what router you have.

Likely, your router will be a WiFi 5 router. Although WiFi 5 is still decently fast, WiFi 6 routers improve connection stability and latency with other WiFi 6 supported devices.

If all else fails, you can look into upgrading your router to a WiFi 6 supporting router. But, do note that your devices have to support WiFi 6; otherwise, you will not experience any benefits!

Have any additional troubleshooting tips or tricks not listed here? Feel free to comment below, and we will add them to the article!

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