Do I need Gigabit Ethernet for lan gaming? 8 replies

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LaughingCheese

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#1 8 years ago

Looking at getting this router:

Amazon.com: Linksys by Cisco WRT160N-RM Refurbished Wireless-N Router: Electronics

Its Wireless N

Transmits at 300 Mbps

However, my question concerns the wired ports, which are only 10BaseT/100BaseT.

Would that be ok for lan gaming?

Apparently the router has firmware issues, but a friend installed this third party open source firmware, and now it runs much better:

www.dd-wrt.com | Unleash Your Router

Thanks

LC




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#2 8 years ago

100Mbit is just fine for LAN games, and it's certainly more than enough for internet connections, unless your ISP gives you more than that (and they don't =p).




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#3 8 years ago
Zamamee;5244167100Mbit is just fine for LAN games, and it's certainly more than enough for internet connections, unless your ISP gives you more than that (and they don't =p).

Which means that since the Wifi mode is even more than that, it should be able to handle wifi lans no problem right? (Minus firmware issues of course. =p)




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#4 8 years ago

Yep, you should be good to go either way. However, despite a slightly lower transfer speed, I'd recommend sticking to wired connections for LAN, simply because of the added latency of wireless. Not more than a few milliseconds in most cases, but still less than ideal.




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#5 8 years ago
Zamamee;5244209Yep, you should be good to go either way. However, despite a slightly lower transfer speed, I'd recommend sticking to wired connections for LAN, simply because of the added latency of wireless. Not more than a few milliseconds in most cases, but still less than ideal.

Interesting. Thanks!

I ordered it last night, unfortunately it won't ship till March!:uhm:




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#6 8 years ago
Zamamee;5244209Yep, you should be good to go either way. However, despite a slightly lower transfer speed, I'd recommend sticking to wired connections for LAN, simply because of the added latency of wireless. Not more than a few milliseconds in most cases, but still less than ideal.

I'd stay away from wifi when gaming at all costs. While theoretically the speed should be the same, due to it being wireless there will be packet loss that would not be associated with wired-lan. If you're playing strategy games it might be alright, but if you intend on playing a FPS you'll get some massive lag spikes and packet loss no matter how close you are to the router.




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#7 8 years ago

I know all about that; I've been gaming on an 802.11n WiFi connection for the past year. =p




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#8 8 years ago
Zamamee;5244437I know all about that; I've been gaming on an 802.11n WiFi connection for the past year. =p

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#9 8 years ago

kow_ciller;5244425I'd stay away from wifi when gaming at all costs. While theoretically the speed should be the same, due to it being wireless there will be packet loss that would not be associated with wired-lan. If you're playing strategy games it might be alright, but if you intend on playing a FPS you'll get some massive lag spikes and packet loss no matter how close you are to the router.[/QUOTE]

Interesting.

But yes, I normally use wired for LAN, that's how its been done the last few times anyway.

And yeah I can play C&C3:Kane's Wrath over the wifi with no trouble at all, but that's because, like you said, its strategy game.

I tried BF2 once and it wouldn't work at all. :p

[QUOTE=Zamamee;5244437]I know all about that; I've been gaming on an 802.11n WiFi connection for the past year. =p

Even on N eh?

I've had no problems playing Halo. I can even play the AVP demo, although I've had issues where it drops the connection to steam, wonder if that could be because its wireless?