Help choosing a networking method

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  1. Chrisoldinho

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    Hi all,

    I am attempting to find the best solution to my (none) issue.

    Current setup is DG834GT downstairs and the 360 upstairs.

    Putting the router upstairs is a no go.

    I'm connecting wirelessly between by router and Xbox 360 using the MS Wireless Adaptor.

    Often I get lag or a poor connection, this is reflected by the connection bar on the 360 showing a poor reception and some games online also show my connection status as poor or moderate.

    After advice from fellow AVF members I purchased a stronger Aerial/Antenna (5 dBi) to replace the standard Netgear one (2 dBi).

    The signal strength is now slightly stronger (as expected) but I now have the added problem of getting an intermittant connection when playing online. For example playing an FPS game will be fine for 20 secs or so and then the action will stutter as it momentarily looses connection. This happened over several games and the problem disappears once I put the standard Aerial/Antenna back on.

    So what are my options moving forward.

    Straight away I will rule out Ethernet due to the fact i'll need to run a 15 ish metre cable and lifting up the carpet isn't feasable.

    So to my knowledge I am left with 2 options:-

    • A wireless repeater
    • Homeplugs

    To be honest I would consider either of these but I have no idea which is better, also I don't know much about the Homeplugs other than their name.

    Any advice or info appreciated on both to help me weigh up which will be better for me.

    Thanks, Chris.
     
  2. Andy98765

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    Homeplugs seem the best route for you, you plug your router into a homeplug and at the distant end you plug your XBOX directly into the other homeplug and if you get the higher speed ones you should end up with no lag.
    Dependant on the build of a house, walls etc wireless can always be hit and miss.
     
  3. Kristian

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    Have you read the homeplug FAQ?
     
  4. Chrisoldinho

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    Hi Kris, no sorry not read the FAQ :blush:

    Will read now.

    Thanks for the response Kris & Andy.

    House is relatively new, built in the 70's.
     
  5. Chrisoldinho

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    Ok i've read the FAQ, should of done this before :D

    Which one would you guys recommend for Xbox 360 usage. The 85mbps ones???

    I'm still going to connect the Laptop wirelessly, it is just the Xbox that I want to connect via the Homeplug, so I will need 2 Homeplugs.

    Thanks, Chris.
     
  6. Kristian

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    I'm glad you found the FAQ useful :) I've never the used the homeplugs so I'm afraid I can't help with recommendations.

    Cheers,

    Kris.
     
  7. Chrisoldinho

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    The FAQ states 85mbps minimum, so wondered if the 200mbps ones would be more appropriate?

    Also, wireless is 54mbps is it not but reviews claim that the homeplugs quite often vary in speed as low as 30mbps so doesn't that make it slower?

    prepares for flaming :devil:
     
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    slower possibly but possibly more reliable

    54mbs is the max a g connection will give you. depending on the quality of the signal it could be as low as 11mbs

    both homeplugs and wifi vary in quality based on the environment. wifi hates thick walls or tin foil coated plasterboard etc, where homeplugs hate powerstrips, mobile phone chargers etc.

    I tried wifi with repeaters and still couldnt get a signal to upstairs. homeplugs solved it.

    I personally went for 200mb ones, but its for my pc to the Internet (which is downstairs) and connection to my whs and linux nas servers (which are in the garage). I would expect it would be fine for xbox
     
  9. Chrisoldinho

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    Thanks Graham, the more I look at Homeplugs the more I seem to think they are just a compromised as Wifi in certain situations.

    Really considering now just running an ethernet cable. Do super thin Ethernet cable exist :D
     
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    Always the best solution :)
     
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    Save yourself some money and try changing the channels on the Netgear. It maybe you are conflicting with a neighbour.

    Try 1, 6 or 11.

    Make sure the wireless is set to B & G only and not AUTO\108mbps.
     
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    Have you tried the direct ethernet connection?
     
  14. Chrisoldinho

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    I bought a 15m Ethernet lead, thanks Mr Lazy :)

    Probably overkill but better to get too much rather than too little, and I can always borrow a crimp tool etc to shorten the cable if needs be.

    As KrisLee has pointed out Ethernet will always be the best solution and whilst I thought I would never run Ethernet again, I cannot put up with the inconsistency I am getting when playing FPS games on the 360 online.

    This may not cure the problem, but it can surely only help.

    Anything to bear in mind when using Ethernet?

    Thanks, Chris.
     

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