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HotDam Jun 12, 2006, 09:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm in the market for a (hopefully inexpensive <$75) wireless router. Although I'm unsure about whether this is a good idea for online gaming. Anyone have experiance w/ wireless & online gaming? is there any significan't lag or, should I just stay connected by my ethernet cord.

p.s. I'm looking for one that will also be good for an Xbox 360 too. I kept finding the Belkin "gaming router" from a google search, are there any others that some of you might have experiances with? -Thanks.


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Jun 12, 2006, 09:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's a good Gaming wireless router
I use a Linksys WRT54G v3.1 router, I game almost every day with a ping to my usual server always in the 20-30 range, never lagged out, etc... But the problem with most Linksys routers is that the stock firmware isn't very good. I use OpenWrt, but unless you're familiar with Linux, you'll want to try a different firmware, I would recommend DD-WRT.

A_Pickle Jun 12, 2006, 09:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's a good Gaming wireless router
I can damn near guarantee anything branded as a "Gaming router" is marketingspeek at best, so please do NOT go for one of those.

As for me, I'm no router expert, but I've been using a Linksys 802.11b router running at 11.0 mbps, and it works great. However, most 802.11b stuff isn't even sold in stores nowadays, since we have 802.11g and soon to be 802.11n. I've recently (like, 11 hours ago) replaced it with a Belkin 802.11g router at 54.0 mbps. Just go to Google and type in "router reviews" or something along those lines, it's definitely wise to go into a product purchase with an informed decision.

Jun 12, 2006, 09:42pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's a good Gaming wireless router
I use G, but I really don't need more than B, since my internet is only 8Mbps, and I only do Internet transfers over wireless, never internal network transfers. So B would be fast enough. :|

A_Pickle Jun 13, 2006, 03:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's a good Gaming wireless router
To be bluntly honest, initial tests with my new Belkin have not gone well. Do not, I repeat, do not get a Belkin F5D7230-4 router, and I would implore you to avoid Belkin as a whole. It's likely that the workmanship they put in one router likely translates to another.

MiLLzZ Jun 13, 2006, 04:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's a good Gaming wireless router
i've done reviews on routers like almost a year back when i was buying one...and i was reading a lot of good reviews on the D-link routers...so maybe there's a place to start off at, but they can get expensive so watch out, as for belkin 802.11g with "high speed mode- 125HSM" model- F5D7231-4...and that router suckedd i got a built in router with my dsl modem and the wireless is working better w/that so my belkin is just sitting here...i had problem getting a CONSTANT signal from it onto my laptop and kept getting crappy speeds...don't know exactly what was wrong but it was just badd

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Ecosse Jun 13, 2006, 04:56am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 13, 2006, 05:03am EDT

 
>> Re: What's a good Gaming wireless router
I currently use this setup - my main PC is wired to the router and my laptop is on the 802.11 G PC card:

Zoom X6 router:
http://tinyurl.com/d8jmb

Zoom PC Card G:
http://tinyurl.com/ab3po

EDIT:

Forgot to say that they both work great - never any problems or lags - I updated the firmware using the router setup page in about 5 minutes.

Very secure and I am constantly on 54Mbps here.

As for gaming - I can't think how a gaming router can better a normal one - this from a non gamer of course.

A router's a router in my book - 54Mbps is their current limit on G

Ecosse

Specs here > > > > > http://tinyurl.com/ecosse08
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Lou Bot Jun 13, 2006, 08:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's a good Gaming wireless router
Router + Gaming = markup$$$$$

I would recommend NetGear or Dlink but I notice you want something under $75.oo
I have the DLink DGL-4300 it's a better router over Linksys IMO

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Adam Kolak Jun 13, 2006, 01:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What's a good Gaming wireless router
I perfer to game on a wired connection, me and my brothers gaming comps are wired, and the office comp is on wireless.

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