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I havent gamed online in years, but might with ProjectCARS and or Assetto Corsa & StarCitizen "If it does see the Lite of Day"


Im looking at 25feet and a single 2x4 wall.

Would yall even try gaming online with wifi, say a good AP and PCIE Adapter with external antennas?

K'
Edited by knightsilver - 4/19/14 at 5:10pm
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Wifi has gotten a LOT better. As long as you've got a good router and a good connection, it's fine.
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As someone who works as tech support for a telecom giant I can assure you, gaming on wifi in a competitive environment will not be a pleasant experience unless you have perfect conditions for your wifi signal to carry.

Wifi typically is slower (not by much these days) but it's also unreliable which means in any online game you can experience stuttering, lag spikes and even things in FPS like hit boxes not registering.

If you MUST do wifi gaming make sure you're using the least populated wifi channel in your area, make sure no other devices will be giving off IR interference (microwaves and fridges can create interference, try not to position the modem so those devices are in between you and the modem) and lastly realize that wifi is not perfect. You WILL get occasional problems.

To help with the wifi signal strength there are several things you can do

1) wifi extenders
2) signal boosters
3)use wifi channels that no one else would be using (may be breaking regulations in your country, make sure the channels you use are legal to use unless you want to tempt fate and get a fine in the process).

If you can live with that then go hard and good luck.
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I've had no trouble gaming over my wifi at all. That includes FPSs, MOBAs, RTSs, DTCGs, and MMOs.
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I think, as DIY was getting at, it depends on how intense you intend to be. If you're playing games, or are at a level (along with your competitors), where the slightest hindrance is going to cost you, wifi will fulfill that role. If not, I'd say playing with some tiny lag would be better than not playing at all.

If you decide the wifi isn't for you, I've seen ethernet cables wrapped fairly inconspicuously around walls before (on the ground of course). Not the worst thing in the world.

Now that I think about it, does anyone know if having an ethernet cable that long would cause some sort of lag itself? I mean resistence is probably going to be a little higher than a 2' long cable, right?
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I say go for wifi and it's fine.

Only thing would be is if any connection between your computer and the router gets delayed. Unless you have technical reason to believe you're going to get any latency or dropped packets between your router and your computer, go for it. I have a friend who has a WiFi adapter for his desktop works fine.
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I think, as DIY was getting at, it depends on how intense you intend to be. If you're playing games, or are at a level (along with your competitors), where the slightest hindrance is going to cost you, wifi will fulfill that role. If not, I'd say playing with some tiny lag would be better than not playing at all.

If you decide the wifi isn't for you, I've seen ethernet cables wrapped fairly inconspicuously around walls before (on the ground of course). Not the worst thing in the world.

Now that I think about it, does anyone know if having an ethernet cable that long would cause some sort of lag itself? I mean resistence is probably going to be a little higher than a 2' long cable, right?
Depends on lan cable capacitance. Anything over 10m might cause most lan cables to be worse than 10m over modern wifi (That said, about a 2W power output router and a 2x2 wifi card. I use a Intel 5300 N with a square 3x3 antenna)
And also twisted pair is not be-all end-all, it still is susceptible to noise so don't go criss-crossing other data cables with lan cables
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