Wireless/WiFi or Ethernet

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#1 Posted by GamerGal13579 (97 posts) -

Hi Guys,

I am on a Telstra/Bigpond wireless plan/modem.

The routers range easily reaches the spot where my computer will be put.

I am not really sure what the whole difference between Ethernet or WiFi is. I have seen mixed reviews.

Can any of you explain it to me? Which do you use/think is better?

My router is about 9m from my computer desk, does that help?

Sorry about all of this but it's so confusing.

Thanks,

GamerGal13579

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (29281 posts) -
Ethernet ftw. You'll be sure to not get any problems with interference and such. Just get a long cable
#3 Posted by JohnF111 (14048 posts) -
I used wireless for gaming for years and its only gotten better, more stable and more reliable since then. There's really no difference unless you're into twitch gaming FPS games like Quake and Counter strike.
#4 Posted by roulettethedog (10946 posts) -

WiFi is more convenient. Try Wifi first and if you seem to be getting connection problems, buy a long Ethernet cable.

#5 Posted by rogelio22 (2342 posts) -

ethernet!!! wifi sucks for gaming! when it lags you dont know if its your wifi or isp! just stick to ethernet if you can for gaming its alot smoother experience

#6 Posted by Hawkeye747 (636 posts) -

I used WiFi for everything in my house until I recently built my first PC.  I forgot about getting WiFi for it and I was too impatient to wait for the next day to go get a wifi card so I moved my modem/router to the same room and went Ethernet.  Since it was so close, I decided to connect my Xbox 360 and PS3 by Ethernet as well.  I play a lot of Halo 4 and I noticed a good drop in the amount of "laggy" games I found myself in after I switched to Ethernet.  I have been downloading a few games on Steam too and they go pretty quick (by New Zealand standards anyways). 

So now I would say to always go Ethernet if you can, but if it's not possible or if it's not aesthetically pleasing to you (if that matters) then go WiFi.

#7 Posted by darksusperia (6898 posts) -
If I understand your post correctly your on the 3/4G wireless net. I would run a ethernet cable to the modem personally. However, with any wireless net, the more people that are online in the same area (as in suburb/town etc) your bandwidth becomes less and latency will increase somewhat. This may or may not effect your gaming experience. Just something to keep in mind.
#8 Posted by Barujin (308 posts) -

I actually had a college networking course. They said that wired networking is faster than wireless. Of course, wireless has gotten better since then.

#9 Posted by 5SI-GonePostal (355 posts) -

Wired is currently quicker and more stable.  Wifi is getting much better though.  Other things to consider are how many wireless things you will have in your house as they can eat into your wireless connection quite a bit and if you have a cheap modem it can struggle with so many things.  Me for example in my house i have an xbox, ps3, TV, Blueray, 3 x smart phones, 2 tablets and netbook that use wifi

#10 Posted by GamerGal13579 (97 posts) -

So I buy a long ethernet cable, plug one end into my router and the other into my computer? Is it that easy? Or not?

If anyone has a good website with a step-by-step guide, that would be great!!!

(I just changed from the standard Telstra Gateway/Modem/Router to a Belkin N150 Wireless Modem-Router today. Does that work with ethernet?)

Thanks,

GamerGal13579

#11 Posted by 5SI-GonePostal (355 posts) -

So I buy a long ethernet cable, plug one end into my router and the other into my computer? Is it that easy? Or not?

If anyone has a good website with a step-by-step guide, that would be great!!!

(I just changed from the standard Telstra Gateway/Modem/Router to a Belkin N150 Wireless Modem-Router today. Does that work with ethernet?)

Thanks,

GamerGal13579

GamerGal13579

Thats a nice littel router, and yes it is just that easy as plugging in each end.

#12 Posted by kraken2109 (12984 posts) -

Wired is always faster and more reliable, if you can use a wire, then do it.

WiFi has got better though.

#13 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
I prefer the Ethernet, unless I don't have a choice.
#14 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2569 posts) -

an ethernet cable wont save my internet :/

#15 Posted by GamerGal13579 (97 posts) -

Thanks for your help guys!!!!