Wireless connection for games

  ZootHornRollo 22:23 PM 24 Feb 12
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My son wants to buy a desktop PC and play online games in his bedroom. His laptop works well enough upstairs and is ok for net surfing and so on but its graphics are insuffient for gaming purposes. The wireless router is downstairs so I am concerned that the signal he receives upstairs may be insufficient for him to play his games. What sort of equipment will his new PC need to have to minimise this risk? Will he need some sort of adapter (like this Edimax EW-7612PIN 300Mbps Wireless 802.11b/g/n PCI-E Adapter with 3dBi High-Gain Detachable Antennas)? I don't know much about wireless equipment and signal so all help gratefully received.

  mgmcc 08:53 AM 25 Feb 12

Ideally he would want to use 802.11n, not so much for its speed but for its superior performance over 802.11g. However, your router must also support 802.11n wireless networking protocol to obtain the benefit.

There shouldn't be a significant difference between using an internal card and a USB adapter, the latter will actually let you locate it (and therefore its aerial) in an optimum position.

  kra123 17:32 PM 01 Mar 12

I guess that a basic question needs to be answered - do you have a N class router?, if yes go ahead and get a N USB adaptor of the same make as your router as you normally get better performance from matching equipment. If the signal is weak after connecting then you may want to consider adding a wireless range extender / repeater , such as the TP Link or the Netgear WN2000RPT,

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