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Wii and internet

by OmegaTomato / November 11, 2006 12:28 AM PST

Hello all,

I'm going to be buying a Nintendo Wii when it comes out and was wondering which would be faster for internet/multiplayer, wireless (I hae an 802.11 b/g router hooked up) or wired ethernet through an ethernet to USB adaptor.

I had assumed the wired would be faster but saw some disagreement in other places. Thus I came to my favorite font of knowledge to enlighten me.

Thanks.

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The clue is our internet connection.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2006 3:03 AM PST
In reply to: Wii and internet

Most only get a 0.768 megabit connection (DSL) or some max out at 2 to 5.0 megabit (cable) where as 802.11b is 11 megabit. Even with 2 users you can't top out the internet connection. Connect to the wifi router with 802.11g and that's 54 megabit whereas your internet connection is 10 or more times slower. The argument that wireless is too slow seems to fall apart here.

Bob

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So basically...
by OmegaTomato / November 11, 2006 3:28 AM PST

So basically you're saying that there is no real difference in between Wireless and wired for a console because neither of them can use their max speed so they both top out at the same speed? Am I understanding that correctly?

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Oh wait...
by OmegaTomato / November 11, 2006 3:38 AM PST
In reply to: So basically...

After rereading your post I understand now. Wireless can broadcast at a higher speed then the connection to it (thus it's capped by the internet provider's speed) thus wired and wireless are effectively the same since they are the same speed.

But that makes me question, does interpreting the wireless signal take more time (since this is online multiplayers a fraction of a second matter) than just plugging in a cord? Or is it not that complicated and everything is really identical (I'm obviously hoping for the latter).

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You could take it that way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2006 3:39 AM PST
In reply to: So basically...

Gamers tend to be a bit over the ledge so they'll rail against even a possible 200 nS delay.

Bob

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