Currently I'm using a Linksys WRT54G wireless G router. On my old, slow computer I got around a 60-70 ping when connected directly to a cable modem. I have to connect my really fast computer wirelessly through a Linksys router, and I get 95-110 pings playing just about every game I have (all first-person shooters, so the ping really counts). Has anyone used the D-Link DGL-4300 wireless router with GameFuel technology? I don't download anything when I'm playing games, but I want to lower my ping, so I thought this router might do the trick. Any input is much appreciated. EDIT: Here's the link to the D-Link router: http://games.dlink.com/products/?pid=370 Also, do I need to have a special adapter to take advantage of the GameFuel, or can I use the Belkin USB adapter I have now? ALSO, is a USB receiver inherently slower than an Ethernet adapter? Again, thank you.
That router looks nice. I would say you would see the biggest performance gain from buying it only if you are using other network applications while gaming - you see, from what I surmised, the router doesn't actually speed up gaming, just gives it priority over all other network traffic. But you are likely to see a noticeable boost, as it will take bandwidth from the resident network applications that come with Windows as well. And I would definately recommend a PCI adapter over a USB 1.1 adaptor, especially if you're into gaming. USB 2.0 is a different matter, however. USB x.x adaptors are mainly designed for "plug-and-play" convenience, such as with laptops, or as solutions for the average Joe who wants to add new features to his PC without opening the case up. PCI is still the king though - it has more bandwidth to play with than USB. At the end of the day, it's up to you.
A USB reciever is slower than a Ethernet adapter. Which computer uses the Ethernet?
Well, my old computer uses Dell's integrated Ethernet port. My USB adapter is 2.0...I'm getting ready to go buy a PCI adapter and the router. If they don't work as well as I want, I can always return them. :) Thanks for the help guys.