Monday, February 10, 2014

R7000 Nighthawk PS4 Link Review

So my previous foray into Remote Play has been with a cheaper router.  Now I really want to see remote play work, I discussed and coined the term personal cloud several years ago, so in a sense getting the PS4 Link to work with the Vita was a validation of earlier prediction of the direction of the tech world.  I did get it to work more or less on a poor router but I believed there was more performance I was lacking, so I bit the bullet and got a slickdeal on a R7000 at Staples with stacked coupons for around 150.

This is the finest router I've used and I used to work as a Network Admin.  I'd say this is very close to being a server for up to maybe 10 simultaneous users, this guy has a nice chipset with significant RAM and dual Core 1ghz CPU so it handles routing very well while being able to serve files, ftp, http, etc. 

While I don't have any benchmarks, as usual, the upgrade was significant, so different none of my previous optimizations really help.  With R7000 you just give those ports highest QoS and let it run, and it runs.  There are slight slowdowns in very detailed sections with a lot of visual change, but overall it runs perfectly. 

The biggest issue now is the fact that not many games go from TV to Vita well, or as well as they could in terms of layout and gui. I wished Sony duplicated the DS4 in terms of R2, L2, R3, L3, implemented in real buttons the touch screen is only mediocre providing an inconsistent experience in terms of button press reliability.  However, every detail and special effect is recreated on a beautiful screen. I'd recommend NFS Rivals as the best PS4 link experience game.

Lets Recap and Conclude:
  • PS4 Link Graphics visuals screen audio: 9/10
  • PS4 Link Buttons remapping: 6.5/10
  • PS4 Link Responsiveness and IP implementation: 8/10
  • PS4 Link with R7000 Nighthawk: 8.9/10

1 comment:

  1. I bought a Nighthawk X4 R7500. I have a PS4 wired into the router. I have setup a powerline network to wire the ps tv in another room. I get frequent lag and interruptions. Do you have any suggestions for optimal settings for a networking novice such as myself?