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.

What connection do you prefer to use? Leave a comment below. For more information on Worldline High Speed Internet, visit www.worldline.ca/services/high-speed-internet/.

 

2 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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