Ethernet vs. WiFi in Gaming

Which connection is better for online gaming?

A common question in gaming is whether to play over Ethernet (wired) or WiFi (wireless). Even though there is a simple answer to this question, there are several variables and circumstances that can make either option effective.

Is there a real difference?

CablesThere is an apparent difference between Ethernet and WiFi – one is physically wired in from the router, while the other allows you to use your connection from anywhere within range. The question boils down to a simple discussion regarding performance and reliability.

For instance, the kind of cabling you use for Ethernet and the supporting WiFi hardware of your devices can make a huge difference in performance.

Wireless is convenient for smartphones, electronic devices and laptops, and it can still be used on a stationary PC. However, in many cases, you won’t get the same performance as you would with Ethernet cable.

There is a definite advantage to using an Ethernet connection. Ethernet offers users a direct wire to the router, avoiding wireless interference and delivering high-level security. When it comes to gaming, any enthusiast will tell you that wired connections are best. But, is wireless really that bad?

Pros & Cons

There is a clear list of pros and cons for both connections. To get a better idea of what you can get with each, see the list below.

Wired Ethernet Connection

Pros

  • Fast speeds
  • No interference
  • Reliable connection
  • Great performance

Cons

  • Cable
  • No convenient if the router is far away

Wireless WiFi Connection

Pros

  • Good speed
  • Good performance
  • No wires/cables
  • Convenient

Cons

  • Possible connection interference
  • Not always reliable
  • Easily blocked by concrete walls or metal door frames

Which one should you choose?

Cable or Wireless?Many mainstream wireless routers may not view gaming as a latency-sensitive application and will instead prioritize video and voice over gaming traffic. By connecting directly over Ethernet, users won’t have to worry about prioritization or lag because you’re on a stable, reliable connection. Gaming online means that there will inevitably be some level of latency, but using an Ethernet cable minimizes latency and interference.

If you are a gamer who hates network interference, lag, and slow response times while online, then you’re probably more likely to go with a wired Ethernet connection. If your router is relatively close, then it’s highly recommended that you go with a wired option to get the best performance and connectivity. The benefits and performance of Ethernet truly outweigh WiFi’s convenience.

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7 thoughts on “Ethernet vs. WiFi in Gaming

  1. Interesting blog post, as far as gaming goes, I would say wired is more reliable as it won’t drop out as often. I would also add to the article that upload speed is very important and having an open NAT.

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  3. The main advantage of Wifi is convenience, especially for devices that regularly move around your home, such as your phone. But your gaming devices, like your PS4 or Xbox One, very rarely change position, so this flexibility is irrelevant.

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