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October 15, 2013 2:01:37 PM

which setup is the best if my network provider is in the basement (dont ask) and my gaming computer is in a room upstair

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October 15, 2013 2:03:59 PM

you mean router it should be fine to use wifi i am typing i nmy room now on the second floor (3rd if you count the basement) and my router is in my basement on the other side of the house
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October 15, 2013 2:13:04 PM

They both work, but wireless can sometimes be more susceptible to interference.

For internet surfing they are both great.

If you have a dual band router(and card in your system), things are even better because the 5ghz band is not crowded like the 2.4ghz band is.
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October 15, 2013 2:14:30 PM

I have both and have used both for gaming. I would say I have less interruptions from network issues from powerline. I also get faster speeds with LAN file transfers using powerline. You will need to get good wifi gear to perform the same, you will have a lot of problems if you are in the fringe of the coverage. That's when the most problems occur.

You can't really tell if wifi will work and at what distance until you deploy it all and do testing. Same thing with powerline too, you may have to figure out which plugs work the best.
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October 15, 2013 2:51:19 PM

festerovic said:
I have both and have used both for gaming. I would say I have less interruptions from network issues from powerline. I also get faster speeds with LAN file transfers using powerline. You will need to get good wifi gear to perform the same, you will have a lot of problems if you are in the fringe of the coverage. That's when the most problems occur.

You can't really tell if wifi will work and at what distance until you deploy it all and do testing. Same thing with powerline too, you may have to figure out which plugs work the best.


but which powerline is best for gaming
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October 15, 2013 5:08:01 PM

For gaming I suspect you will see little difference between various powerline adapters. There are a couple of different speeds they run at. Faster will not buy you a lot for gaming since a game can run on the very slowest and if you are doing online gaming all the powerline devices are many times faster than most internet connections.
Hard to say if one brand is better. The difference between people houses make much more difference than some of the small difference between the major brands. They are all based on a standard so pretty much work the same..do not try to run different brand together....then again they always come in pairs.
I would say the key thing to watch for with powerline ethernet is to buy from a place that will let you return it. There are some rare houses they just refuse to connect in.
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October 15, 2013 5:57:42 PM

bill001g said:
For gaming I suspect you will see little difference between various powerline adapters. There are a couple of different speeds they run at. Faster will not buy you a lot for gaming since a game can run on the very slowest and if you are doing online gaming all the powerline devices are many times faster than most internet connections.
Hard to say if one brand is better. The difference between people houses make much more difference than some of the small difference between the major brands. They are all based on a standard so pretty much work the same..do not try to run different brand together....then again they always come in pairs.
I would say the key thing to watch for with powerline ethernet is to buy from a place that will let you return it. There are some rare houses they just refuse to connect in.


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October 21, 2013 4:32:12 PM

Here is something about performance of powerline adapters:

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/powerline-charts/...

I have a mix of zyxels and they work well in my house. ^^ Is right, being able to return them is good, since they dont always work in some houses. Try many different sockets and combinations to find the best setup. The adapters seem to learn over time to achieve the best performance. It takes about a day for mine to settle on speeds.
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