Most "BUFFERING" is caused from a poor connection to the servers. And is not a Gears/Reloaded related issue
1. A firestick. has a lot of buffering potential. WHY? REPLACEMENT?
2. ISP (Internet Service Provider). Most ISPs "THROTTLE" (reduce overall bandwidth) during peak traffic times and or because of high bandwidth consumption.
3. WIFI- is just like any other reception. the more devices connected, the less bandwidth is available to use. And is prone to interferances. Hardwired devices are prefered, but not always available.
3.1 most wifi is dual band- meaning most today routers are broadcasting either a 2.4 ghz port or a 5g port.
3.1a. 2.4 port- good for long distance, obstacles (walls, outside, upstairs etc), and slow moderate speeds. (put ur phones and non streaming devices on this connection) The 2.4 GHz band is a pretty crowded place, because it’s used by more than just Wi-Fi. Old cordless phones, garage door openers, baby monitors, and other devices tend to use the 2.4 GHz band. The longer waves used by the 2.4 GHz band are better suited to longer ranges and transmission through walls and solid objects. So it’s arguably better if you need better range on your devices or you have a lot of walls or other objects in the areas where you need coverage. However, because so many devices use the 2.4 GHz band, the resulting congestion can cause dropped connections and slower-than-expected speeds.
3.1b 5g port- good for shorter distances, no obstacles, faster speeds, (put streaming devices on this port) The 5 GHz band is much less congested, which means you will likely get more stable connections. You’ll also see higher speeds. On the other hand, the shorter waves used by the 5 GHz band makes it less able to penetrate walls and solid objects. It’s also got a shorter effective range than the 2.4 GHz band. Of course, you may also be able to mitigate that shorter range through the use of range extenders or mesh Wi-Fi systems, but that will mean a bigger investment.
4. Change your wifi channels to a different one than ur neibors- If you want to search for Wi-Fi channels on your phone the easiest-to-use application we’ve found is Wifi Analyzer on Android. There are other apps for different operating systems (ios, win, etc.), just search. Just install the free app from Google Play and launch it. You’ll see an overview of the wireless networks in your area and which channels they’re using.
Tap the View menu and select Channel rating. The app will display a list of Wi-Fi channels and a star rating — the one with the most stars in the best. The app will actually tell you which Wi-Fi channels are better for your Wi-Fi network, so you can go straight to your router’s web interface and choose the ideal one.
5. VPN (Virtual Private Network)- Due to bad ISPs and Net Neutrality regulations. A VPN may be required. IPVANISH or NORDVPN, are recommended.
RECOMMENDED VPN LOCATIONS use ASHBURN, ATLANTA, NEW YORK or CANADA
The way the net works is your connection travels and bounces and redirects from NODE (Nodes are devices or data points on a larger network. Devices such as a personal computer, cell phone, or printer are nodes. When defining nodes on the internet, a node is anything that has an IP address. Nodes are individual parts of a larger data structure) to NODE.
(Kinda like an intersection when your driving.). As ur connection travels from NODE to NODE, it also reduces your overall speeds.
Now pretend its rush hr traffic and there's a storm. Now the power is out and u have no traffic lights. What happens? stop and go, pile ups and collisions. A VPN is like the "lights". It directs ur connection in the fastest most direct road thats is available. A detour to avoid these NODES. Or a NON-STOP FLIGHT vs a CONNECTING flight. It creates a "TUNNEL" or a "DETOUR" if u will for your connection.