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I know this isn't the right place to ask this, but what are the limitations of the best wireless router nowadays?

I know Wired will definitely be as fast / faster than wireless, but what is the best router and is there any noticeable difference (speedtest.net and in general gaming) between a wired connection and wireless?
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I have a linksys E2000 with DD-WRT running on it and a cheap Edimax wireless N card on my desktop and i don't think i have every experienced any lag or dropped connections. The one thing I have noticed about wireless is that the routers and adapters are often hit or miss. Read reviews on almost all the routers on newegg and some of the best only have 50-70% 5 egg reviews. just my 2 cents.
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As far as total bandwidth if you're doing speed test, you will not notice a difference as that is a limiting factor of your internet speeds. And most people don't have internet speeds that can even come close to LAN speeds.

I've also noticed that I have a slightly higher ping sometimes when being wireless compared to wired while gaming.

One thing you will notice is that the latency could potentially be higher with wireless. Also, you run the potential of dropped packets/noise with wireless.

The current fastest wireless standard is 802.11n (300mbps). While the fastest wired standard is 1gbps. Now there are faster solutions then both of those but this is consumer level things.

Enterprise level components can be a lot faster.
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post #4 of 16
as ^^ said WLAN could/will have a higher ping.
then your standard LAN

I didn't notice to much of a problem on my 360S that had build in 802.11b/g/n with my Netgear range max router(it's G but says its good up to 104mbps)

Some people will swear by LAN and say WLAN is a less dependable connection.
I personally have never had any such problems.
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I have a linksys e3000 (stock firmware and no issues) and use the ipad/ phones/ laptop on wirelss. The desktops are all hardwired. I have a 1gbps switch for all the hardwire devices and I use that to transfer large files. Even on wireless N, I still get impatient waiting for things to transfer and end up going hardwired while the file transfers. This is hardwired speed test but if I need anything bandwidth intensive, I'll just use one of my desktops.
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Originally Posted by iCeMaN57 View Post
I have a linksys e3000 (stock firmware and no issues) and use the ipad/ phones/ laptop on wirelss. The desktops are all hardwired. I have a 1gbps switch for all the hardwire devices and I use that to transfer large files. Even on wireless N, I still get impatient waiting for things to transfer and end up going hardwired while the file transfers. This is hardwired speed test but if I need anything bandwidth intensive, I'll just use one of my desktops.
Get out...now.
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I have a linksys e3000 (stock firmware and no issues) and use the ipad/ phones/ laptop on wirelss. The desktops are all hardwired. I have a 1gbps switch for all the hardwire devices and I use that to transfer large files. Even on wireless N, I still get impatient waiting for things to transfer and end up going hardwired while the file transfers. This is hardwired speed test but if I need anything bandwidth intensive, I'll just use one of my desktops.
how much are you paying for that connection?
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wow... I wish I could have that insane connection speed. Alaska's best service is monopolized by GCI. Best package is 20mbps download and 3mbps upload speed.
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0 ping huh?

Now that is hax... you must be the testing server, because even on lan it's ~1ms.
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I have a linksys e3000 (stock firmware and no issues) and use the ipad/ phones/ laptop on wirelss. The desktops are all hardwired. I have a 1gbps switch for all the hardwire devices and I use that to transfer large files. Even on wireless N, I still get impatient waiting for things to transfer and end up going hardwired while the file transfers. This is hardwired speed test but if I need anything bandwidth intensive, I'll just use one of my desktops.



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how much are you paying for that connection?
I don't think that's internet download speed. I think he said that's his LAN down speed if I understood correctly.
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