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Wired v wirless xbox 360

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a b F Wireless
September 13, 2012 5:52:31 PM

Hey guys i have a dilemma wired or wireless?

I recently received my asus n16 router i use it running of my superhub in modem mode , i want to get the best connection possible while playing fifa, i have tried both Ethernet and wireless and for some strange reason i get a better smoother connection while using wireless rather than wired any one know why?

Xbox has open NAT using DMZ
Router running tomato usb
Ethernet cat5e
router asus rt n16

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a b F Wireless
September 13, 2012 6:25:58 PM

What do you mean by "smoother"? Less dropped connections? Less latency/lag? More consistent speeds? And is this just your perception, or actually measured?

It's just very hard to provide any advice w/o the details and hard numbers.
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a b F Wireless
September 13, 2012 6:28:09 PM

sorry i mean no button lag / reaction times
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a b F Wireless
September 13, 2012 6:42:43 PM

Take the XBOX out of the picture for the moment and generate some hard numbers using http://speedtest.net , comparing wired and wireless.
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
September 13, 2012 6:45:28 PM

wireless



wired
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
September 13, 2012 6:54:15 PM

wired

a b F Wireless
September 13, 2012 7:28:04 PM

I realize to a gamer every ms of difference in ping times seems to matter. But looking at the big picture, those differences (including download/upload) cannot be treated as significant. It’s most likely the normal variability you can expect from your router and the internet at large.

But for the sake of argument, let’s assume those differences, while minor, are at least consistent. It could very well be that the handling of ethernet is slightly less efficient than wireless within the router, all other things being equal. We can’t just compare wired vs. wireless in the abstract. There’s real code involved, and each takes different paths through that code. And if all the other variables are closely matched, it might very well expose those differences in the router.

Regardless, I strongly suspect that in normal usage (i.e., w/ many other wired/wireless users), you will find wireless is NOT better than wire, if only because wireless is half-duplex. Only one wireless client at a time can communicate w/ the router; all others must wait their turn. Now those slight inefficiencies in ethernet don’t matter anymore. Ethernet ends up being the tortoise that eventually wins the race.
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