I have managed up to this point to be lucky enough to ignore all the ins-and-outs of Wifi for the last 10 or so years. I'm an Ethernet guy and proud of it. I know how wifi works. I know that it has grown to become rather sophisticated in usage with all the security safe guards and usage partitions now available in the software. Which again, I have been lucky enough to ignore to this point. But this isn't about me today.
I am building a new Rig for my nephew. He is 26 and lives at home as he is disabled from being born without kidneys. His family has a Spectrum Wifi ISP with a [email protected] 5260 Router. I have checked the specs for this unit and it seems to be adequate enough for the family. It is the current Spectrum router and will get the job done. We don't have much choice anyway. It is what it is.
On the Rig he is using, which is a horrible little thing from some office wholesale purchase ten years ago, he has a usb wifi receiver. Since I am building him a new rig, I want to make sure he isn't "bottlenecked" by the wifi. Router is in the living room, His Rig is in the bedroom, travels thru one wall, maybe 25 feet distance. New rig I5 7600k, gtx1070, 16g ram, using MSI Z270 Gaming Pro mobo. The mobo has Sli that he can upgrade another card down the road but doesn't have built in Wifi, so I will be using a USB Wifi connection.
I want to Optimize his connection best I can. I have questions. I have questions I haven't even thought of yet. First off, I plan to do some co-op gaming with him. Wi-Fi will be adequate for that these days? I have no idea the efficiency advancements since wifi became the go to avenue for families everywhere. Is the performance drop-off between Ethernet and wifi even a real issue for gaming anymore? We are not professional gamers with high stakes on the line. (laugh) We do want to optimize for the situation we have to work with.
I need suggestions for a USB Wifi Receiver. Are they all basically in the same performance envelope? I do understand I can get a lengthy wire and move the antenna to a better position which we might do.
So that is my situation. I am looking for suggestions as I am sure this is a very, very common scenario for many PC users. I think an Ethernet option is out of the question for him as we would have to run the cable about 25 feet from router to bedroom and under the carpet at one point. Just too much hassle and possibly too long a cable.
Please give me suggestions for solutions. Help me, help him.