Gigabit ethernet connection for internet online game sharing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by davec44, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. davec44 macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
    i share a house with my brother, lucky me :( He got a PC with Vista in his room. I got a lovely imac in my room. He gets the broadband cable direct into his room. It averages 40 mbps download , 1.67 upload.

    We use a wireless Netgear router one thats suppose to handle N wireless and i pick the wireless up on the airport extreme in my imac.

    Unfortunately i only get about 12 mbps download , 1.20 upload, even though i'm only in the next room.

    We both play WOW online. It works so much better on his PC cos of the internet speed.

    Could I use a gigabit ethernet connection between the PC and imac, to share the internet and still play WOW independently?

    thanks for reading
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I would imagine it works better due to lower latency, rather than raw speed. Wireless adds quite a bit of latency (on my home network a wired ping to Google takes about 17ms, wireless 25ms. Latency is the killer for gaming. A gigabit wired connection will make a difference.

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