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Wireless Network Speed for Gaming

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by harrisuk, May 27, 2004.

  1. harrisuk

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    Ok Wireless networks are not really my thing. Want to get my gaming pc in the loft hooked up to my BB connection. Cant face running more cable up there.

    My question, can I run games over a 802.11b 11Mbps wireless network connection. I know its slow and no good for streaming but will it be a problem for gaming ?

    Can get the setup I need cheap....
     
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    Your BB connection is what? 0.5mbps - maybe even 1 or 2 mbps?

    802.11b runs at 11mbps. Even taking into account network overhead and variable quality connection, it won't be a bottleneck.
     
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    11b will be fine - I used it for ages and played a ton of online stuff over it. I would suggest though that if you can afford it you get 11g, I did so and it is a definate improvement. Generally the range is better and for streaming video and shifting stuff about the network 11g is much nicer.
     
  4. harrisuk

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    Thanks chaps. I think I will do it then. its cheap as chips so I nice little experiment.
     
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    I use a Buffalo BB router G54 in my sisters room and connect via wireless adapter we also have a computer with wireless adapter downstairs works a treat i think only one pc can be gaming on say half life at a time dunno?
     
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    Hi
    You say its cheap how cheap? As I may consider this.
     
  7. harrisuk

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    Well for the wireless access point a PCI card and PCMIA Card for my laptop its around £70 including delivery. For a decent 54g system its £150 or more from what I can tell. If you need to stream stuff or move large amounts of files around your network this is the way to go I am led to believe.

    I had a look around the decent PCMIA cards were around £50 alone. My friend is well into this stuff so I have taken his advice. My BB conection is only 0.5 mb so to play games 11mb is more than adequate.

    I have never done anything with wireless networking before so its a nice little entry for me.
     
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    11b is adequate, but for the tiny extra cost 11g gives you :

    1) much better LAN performance for copying data PC>PC
    2) better long term compatability (802.11g soon to be the standard for WLAN)
    3) is still compatabile with older 802.11b devices

    For home use I'd recommend either the Netgear DG834 or the equivalent 3COM product ( both 'all in one' boxes)

    These will cost you <£100 including PCI / PCMCIA adapter for your PC/Laptop.

    a few extra quid spent now will definitely pay off in the long run...


    Hope that helps... ;)
     

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