We do many things on our gaming system, mostly gaming but also some office work and digital entertainment such as watching movies or video streaming. We also surf the internet for information. Most of the time, like a CPU processor, we are doing many things at the same time. Playing games are always the priority so for the smoothest experience network bandwidth is important. Especially when we play online games, MOBA, battle royal, MMORPG, fighting, and FPS. If we don’t distribute the bandwidth effectively, then there may be lag or disturbance. MSI gaming systems offer a tool that can let you optimize the applications so the most important one will gain the largest bandwidth support. The following article will show you how to set up and plan with MSI Center's LAN Manager.
1. First, install LAN Manager in MSI Center.
Open MSI center, then click “Feature Sets”. It will show MSI's exclusive function app list that can be used. This time we are going to show you how to use LAN Manager, so please select it and download it.
In the future, if you no longer need the application you can uninstall it to free up storage space. In the picture there is a yellow frame. Click then press uninstall. It can remove the application you already installed.
2. Open LAN Manager and adjust the bandwidth of the network for the application you need.
After installing LAN Manager, you need to enable the main switch to apply the settings. Then click “Priority” to adjust the application you want. Note: if you have a network issue that needs to be fixed, it is better to disable the LAN Manager first. Not all situations suit the configuration so you always can switch on/off accordingly.
3. Set up the priority for the application.
There are 4 categories already configured for you. The application will auto-assign bandwidth priority for each application. For example, in the gaming category, most game apps will be assigned to higher or high priority. However, not all applications can be recognized by the LAN Manager, so we suggest finding them in the “Total” category. Then select the application you need to be the first priority for higher bandwidth support.
Below is an example for your reference. Setup the game Apex Legends as a higher priority, Bitcomet as Lowest and blocks the network connection (depends on your usage). To make sure the game performance is very smooth without disturbance, it blocks the data sharing program. Setup GeForce Now as normal because cloud game platform is needed to play Apex Legends. Then Chrome is set as high to watch Twitch live streaming. We limit bandwidth to Epic Games Launcher to stop downloading or updating games during playing Apex Legends (The red frame shows blocking network connection). The last thing is the right of the bottom has a “Reset” function that can clean all of the settings to default.
4. Advanced setup and other options..
There are other functions in the LAN Manager. We can examine the application's bandwidth status in the network with “Usage”. It will record the applications and how much bandwidth is used. With that information, we can adjust the priority within our demands. The application could use too much bandwidth but we don’t use it often. Then we can lower the priority to save bandwidth and then move the application we care about to higher priority.
In Network Test, we can self-check the ISP bandwidth and set up the bandwidth control for our network upload and download speed. This is to avoid waste of bandwidth.
Moreover, in Advanced Setting, we can set up a list of harmful website or address to avoid in case of malicious hacks. The LAN Manager automatically enables the RWIN expansion to increase download speed when you download data.
In the last part, you always can check your system network device's status with “Information”. It lists the system Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth status and IP configuration. Then you can easily maintain or troubleshoot issues.
Here is a quick reminder: every country or area has different network environments. LAN Manager’s main purpose is to distribute the bandwidth of the network for maximum usage efficiency. It cannot upgrade or increase your network speed. Through reasonable planning, we can make the process smoother. In the worse network environments, we can use LAN Manager to focus on running important applications with the given bandwidth. However, if the network status is still unstable LAN Manager cannot fix the issue. You still need to contact the local ISP vendor to check the network environments.