Lag on a WiFi network? (for gaming)

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Lo all,

I may be moving in with a couple people and since we're all gamers, we will be obviously networking our computers for some DMing.

Instead of cables, is WiFi good enough for gaming? Any considerable lag?

We're thinking of an ADSL/WiFi router


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    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    The largest internet game needs about 160K of bandwidth per connection. A wireless network should be fine for a few computers. Make sure you have a very good signal strength because you don't want to loose any packets which may result in sudden high ping rates. Also, the actual server should have a ethernet connection, not wireless as it will handle most of your internet traffic.
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    placeboplacebo Posts: 5,767member
    Remember that Wi-Fi's bandwidth exceeds the fastest internet connection by a focator of five.
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    stoostoo Posts: 1,490member
    Bandwidth is irrelevant for LAN gaming. Ping is king.

    A quick test: I get reliable one millisecond pings between my Airport Extreme equipped PowerBook and 10/100 ethernet PC, via my Buffalo 802.11g basestation, so you should be OK. Although Your Mileage May Vary, I'd expect that most network equipment has similar latencies.
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