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#1 Apr 16 2011 at 8:03 AM Rating: Good
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Due to the unfortunate layout of my new place, I have to connect the PC wirelessly to my router. The wireless adapter I have is like 8 years old now and has never worked that well. Anyone have a recommendation on one that they've had luck with?
#2 Apr 16 2011 at 8:22 AM Rating: Good
You need a very long wire and a drill.
#3 Apr 16 2011 at 9:09 AM Rating: Good
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Smash is right about that. Playing over a wireless connection is not advisable. If you're not handy with installing a cable TV wall outlet, you may want to see if you can get your cable company to move the connection to your computer room. I guess it all depends if you have a basement or attic to facilitate the installation. My wife want us to move our computer room to another part of the house which doesn't currently have a cable connection. So I too am looking for a way to wire the room up. Also if you try to use a CAT5 cable run instead of relocating your cable connection, you'll be restricted to 328'(100m) which shouldn't be that much of a limit unless you live in a mansion :P.
#4 Apr 16 2011 at 9:23 AM Rating: Decent
Is your wireless router the one that came with your service? If so you're better off purchasing a good N series internal card for your PC and a quality gaming N series router. You really don't want a USB adaptor as they usually are low bandwidth.

I had the older version of this router and it was quite nice, but pricey and you may or may not see benefits greater than what your stock unit is putting out... depends on what your house is made of and the speed of your ISP. http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=643

Linksys and D-link are both brands I have decent experience with, though I've never used one of the internal cards as my main gaming rig has always been hard wired and my games consoles and laptops have built in stuff.

Good luck.
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#5 Apr 16 2011 at 1:18 PM Rating: Good
Do you own this place or rent? Are you also aware that you can buy 50-75-100ft of ethernet cable? (or a case of like 1000ft of it)

I actually own my home so this was an option for me but I ran 100ft of ethernet from the router up through the inside of the wall, thru the attic and down through the wall in my computer room out a nice little outlet box with a plate cover with two square holes to make it look nice. Then ran them from there over to me and my fiance's computers.

Side note: If your place has carpet it may be viable to tuck the ethernet cord into the space underneath the baseboard most places have running along the bottom of the wall. Then work it along til it reaches the room you need the ethernet cable to run to.



That not being an option just get one of the aforementioned 100ft ethernet cables and tacky up the place by running it through the halls when you need the more stable internet that MMO gaming requires.

In short, wireless adapters will pretty much never do the trick as they seem to have some major latency issues that will cause you nothing but headaches when trying to play pretty much any MMO. However if you get an Apple Airport as Apple seems to be leagues ahead as far as wireless technology goes as I can stream HD from my iMac to the AppleTV on the other side of the house so it's worth mentioning. Though admittedly I've not looked into their adapter situation.
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#6 Apr 16 2011 at 3:08 PM Rating: Good
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Archfiend Luceo wrote:
Are you also aware that you can buy 50-75-100ft of ethernet cable? (or a case of like 1000ft of it)


Ethernet cable (Cat5,Cat5e,Cat6) has a 328'(100m) limit. But like Archfied Luceo said, it really all depends on if you own or rent and if you're willing to put holes in walls.
#7 Apr 16 2011 at 5:06 PM Rating: Good
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What about something like this?
http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-XAVB101-Powerline-Ethernet-Adapter/dp/B001AGM2VI

I've read that they're quite good latency/connection wise but it also has to do with the quality of your home's wiring/circuit setup

Edited, Apr 16th 2011 7:13pm by samosamo
#8 Apr 16 2011 at 5:55 PM Rating: Good
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At my place I drilled a few holes and hooked my PC up. Both unfortunately and fortunately, I'm spending almost all of my time at my girlfriend's place which she owns. I don't think we're at a drill level of commitment yet but I was able to bring my PC over and set it up at her desk which is on the floor below the cable connection/model. Maybe if I offer to cover the charges, she'd be all right with having verizon come out and install a new connect point just was hoping there might be an easy wireless solution. I'll check out posted non-drilling options to start. Thanks!

I tried using a wireless connection about 6 years ago with an MMO and it was pretty awful-was hoping there was some simple solution that has popped up since.

Edited, Apr 16th 2011 8:03pm by Callipho
#9 Apr 16 2011 at 7:28 PM Rating: Good
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Man, asking your girl if you can drill holes into her walls so you can play the worst reviewed MMO ever when you're supposed to be hanging out with her would make you a pretty hardcore fan of Final Fantasy XIV.
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#10 Apr 16 2011 at 7:32 PM Rating: Good
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Only been playing a week or so on Rabanastre and use a wireless adapter on my rig. Zero problems and zero holes in the wall
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#11 Apr 17 2011 at 1:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Anyone who says playing an mmo with a wireless setup isn't advisable must have had some horrible adapters and/or routers, or possibly terrible ISP. I've never had any wireless problems whether it be laptop or usb adapter. My latency while playing wow hovers around 55-65ms and that's while on Verizon DSL. Now before anyone nerdrages, I know a wired connection will always be 'optimal' compared to wireless (3 years of hardware and networking courses and even more independent study, not bragging but I know what I'm talking about), but to say in general that wireless "fails" is flat out wrong.

If you want to play wired try to get your router as close as possible to your pc and get as long of an Ethernet cord as you can/need (as stated by others). Before you even think about drilling though, try a *new* usb adapter.
#12 Apr 17 2011 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
Callipho wrote:
I don't think we're at a drill level of commitment yet...


I see! :D

I've done the under-the-carpet route a few times and I swear that you can lose connection when someone steps on the cable. Not sure though.

I think the short version is that wireless routers just aren't reliable enough for gaming.

Good luck sir!
#13 Apr 18 2011 at 12:28 AM Rating: Good
GuardianZerato wrote:
Anyone who says playing an mmo with a wireless setup isn't advisable must have had some horrible adapters and/or routers, or possibly terrible ISP. I've never had any wireless problems whether it be laptop or usb adapter. My latency while playing wow hovers around 55-65ms and that's while on Verizon DSL. Now before anyone nerdrages, I know a wired connection will always be 'optimal' compared to wireless (3 years of hardware and networking courses and even more independent study, not bragging but I know what I'm talking about), but to say in general that wireless "fails" is flat out wrong.

If you want to play wired try to get your router as close as possible to your pc and get as long of an Ethernet cord as you can/need (as stated by others). Before you even think about drilling though, try a *new* usb adapter.


you may have a point. Wired is by far priemier when it comes to online gaming. The new "N" routers are the best for wireless gaming within a certain proximity, again subject to layout, obstacles,etc. Although I am no expert when it comes to this, I would believe that with the new "N" band, wireless has come a long way.

Again, with that being said, FFXIV has zero tolerance for packet loss, (so I have read, and seem to experience). This, alone, makes wireless a terrible idea, IMHO.
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#14 Apr 18 2011 at 12:38 AM Rating: Good
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I play on wireless g all the time. I have no doubt that it's not optimal, but I can't tell the difference.

(When I first started playing, I spent an hour adjusting my router settings before I realised that the terrible UI lag was actually supposed to be there)
#15 Apr 18 2011 at 2:18 AM Rating: Good
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i've been using wireless to hook up my computers for years, it's perfectly fine

just get an adaptor that says N on it.
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