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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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.
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.
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.
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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