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#1 10 years ago

Hi everyone. I am rather a noob when it comes to home networking, as I just started getting interested in it.

A friend of mine recently moved in and we are roommates now!

He likes to play multiplayer FPS games on PC just like me, and now we want to conquer together.

The only problem is, my computer is hard wired to the modem, through a linksys wrt54g router, and my friend is using a dinky little USB receiver.

My PC has no lag, but when we play BF242 together, his game lags a lot.

I would like to know any tips that can help our network faster, so that we may game together.

I am open to buying a new router, just keep in mind that my friend might need an adapter also, because his sucks.

Also, if you have any tips to make my current system faster that would be cool too.

I couldnt really find the exact answer I am looking for on google, So i signed up here in search of hope

My specs:

Dell XPS 400 pentium 4 HT 3.2 GhZ 2 gigs ram PNY GeForce 8800 Windows XP SP3

My roommate's:

Custom build Pentium D 3~ Ghz 2 Gigs of ram GeForce 9600 Vista


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#2 10 years ago

Personally, I would say the problem is going to be that your computer is using most of the bandwidth and leaving him virtually none.

You could in theory put a router in, along with a expensive switch that supports QoS to share the bandwidth equally between both of you, but I would imagine that doing that would just mean it would be slow for both of you.

I don't really think there is any way to solve this, short of getting a second internet connection for his PC.

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#3 10 years ago

You could either buy a wireless router and place it somewhere where you can both get signal (this won't do much for your ping, though, WLANs were not designed to cope with gaming), or you could do it properly and use a wired connection that links both machines to a shared router.


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#4 10 years ago

I'm no network boffin, but when me and my friends get together for a game we just do what Rookie suggested above and it works perfectly fine, yeah you get some lag, but it'll never be perfect with so much bandwidth consumption


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#5 10 years ago

Wireless had come allot in the past few year, if our signal is stable and internet connection is good then gaming on WLAN is almost as good as a wired connection.