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Old 05-23-04, 07:43 PM Thread Starter   #1
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Does wireless make THAT much of a difference in gaming?


Just wondering... since I've been able to get 2ms pings from my router to the computer on 802.11b. I know Cat5-6 is supposed to be <1ms for 50 yards or something. So will the 2ms latency make that much of a difference?
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Old 05-23-04, 07:48 PM   #2
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it doesnt really hurt my game play at all. i do notice because of the fluctuations in signal STR but other then that no.
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Old 05-24-04, 07:31 PM   #3
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Even with my Notebook in the same room as my router, i notice spikes more than anything, very breif, but enough to cause a problem for fps games imo.

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i notice lag when im playing unreal and on ventrillo, but if im not on voice chat its fine

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one thing that you should do is make sure that your antennae is not near any wires on the back of your computer (if you are using a wirless nic) and also you might want to try to move around the access point to get the best signal. i moved my wap to the opposite side of a room that is tiny (moving it only about 8 feet) and the signal went from average to very good and my range is better. cables like your video cable seem to carry some bit of interference from what i can tell so try to mess with the antennae and your cables to provide low pings.

to test with pings, just use the "ping <ip address or host name> -t -l 1024" command in a command prompt window. that will continuously ping that ip address/host name (whichever you use) with a kilobyte of data (i have found that a larger packet size can indicate variances in pings easier, but your ping time will increase) and try to minimize the ping time. then simple do a normal ping and check the ping time.

this is what i did to get my wireless up and running smoothly. i kept getting dropped servers in multiplayer games and this fixed all of that.

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Old 05-25-04, 12:47 PM Thread Starter   #6
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Ok, I was just wondering because I plan on getting an AP/bridge for my ps2, which is upstairs. My sister's pc, which is in the room next to the one with the ps2, has a wireless card, and both her signal strength and the other thing at 80 or above. Not bad for the router being in the basement!
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