As an alternative to the wireless Virtual Desktop, Oculus Air Link is a wireless PC VR gaming technique.
While most Oculus VR gamers are familiar with Virtual Desktop, Oculus Air Link can also be used for wireless PC VR gaming.
Since many people are unfamiliar with Oculus Air Link, we will teach you how to set it up.
Furthermore, we will address the most prominent of the issues people have faced while offering possible solutions in regards to using Oculus Air Link.
The Oculus Air Link setup would be the first step.
How to Setup Oculus Air Link
Follow the steps below to set up Oculus Air Link:
- Upgrade your Oculus Quest 2 headset and Oculus software to version 28+
- To enable Air Link in Oculus software, go to the settings and click on “Beta”
- To enable Air Link in Quest 2, select “Experimental Features” in your headset settings
- To connect to Oculus Air Link, go to Quick settings and click on Oculus Air Link.
Setting up Oculus Air Link with Reduced Lag
The Oculus Air Link setup is somewhat more complicated than the regular Oculus Link setup, especially if you want it to perform well (and you should).
In order to ensure low latency Oculus Air Link performance, you should follow the following steps listed below:
- For your Oculus Quest 2 headset, try to use a separate 5GHz wireless network
- As much as you can, avoid mesh network configuration
- Your router should be placed within your gaming area in such a way that it is visible to your Quest headset
- Disable Smart Connect
- Try to locate the wireless network channel with the least traffic and use it
- Modify the settings of your router
- Connect your router and PC with an Ethernet cable
- Change the with of the channel to 40 or 80 MHz
- If possible, get a separate router for your Air Link setup
- Ensure that your network mode is on only 802.11ac or 802.11ax
- Disable Quality of Service
You can check out our article on “13 Ways to Fix Virtual Desktop Lagging Issues” for a more detailed guide.
Oculus Air Link Issues (Troubleshooting)
The purpose of this section is to provide solutions to possible problems you may experience with Oculus Air Link.
1. Oculus Air Link is Lagging or not Working at all
If this is the case, you can fix it via the following simple steps:
- From Program files > Oculus > Support > Oculus-diagnostics, open “Oculus Debug Tool”
- Ensure that you set your “Encode Bitrate (Mbps)” and “Encode Dynamic Bitrate” to zero (0) and Default respectively.
You can also try the steps outlined below if your Oculus Air Link has latency issues (too fast or too slow):
- Make sure your GPU drivers are up-to-date
- Disable the 00inputemulator plugin through the SteamVR add-on
- Reset the “Encode Dynamic Bitrate” value to “Default”
- Encode Bitrate (Mbps) should be set to zero (0)
- Manually adjust “Bitrate” in the Oculus dash
2. Oculus Air Link is not Showing Up
It might be that your Oculus headset needs to be updated if your Oculus Air Link isn’t showing up. Not everyone will get the latest update at the same time as Oculus does it in batches. Alternatively to waiting for Oculus to release its update, you can try to navigate it yourself by following these simple steps:
- After a full charge, keep your headset on or put it to sleep
- Switch wireless networks by creating a mobile hotspot
- Restart your headset multiple times and try again
- Check for updates manually by going to “settings” and clicking “About.”
When updating the Oculus PC app, all you need to do is download the software, install it, and it will automatically install the latest version for you.