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Wi-Fi For Serious Gaming...Is it Possible?

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Online gaming is more popular now than it has ever been. Millions of people are logging in to play a wide variety of online multiplayer games, whether via their gaming console, mobile devices and home computers. The most serious, or should we say most competitive gamers, generally believe that an ethernet cable connection is the preferred choice over Wi-Fi. 

The reason(s) are simple. Wi-Fi opens the door to interference, and when playing games that require high-speed movements and split-second reflexes, you can't afford to lag or lose a millisecond. This isn't to say you can't play online games over Wi-Fi—you certainly can if you have the bandwidth and speed to keep up with your gaming demands. But since it's likely you share your Wi-Fi with several other devices, occasional (and we mean very momentary, as in often unnoticed to anyone but a hardcore gamer) lags could mean the difference during a late night session on Fortnite. Also, the radio frequencies used by your Wi-Fi are limited and sometimes are shared not only by other Wi-Fi devices, but by things like cordless phones, bluetooth devices, cordless cameras, microwaves, and other devices that operate wirelessly.  In addition, signals from your neighbors might also cause valuable gaming packets to be dropped or delayed. 

Okay, so where are we going with this? If plugging your computer or other internet-ready device into your modem isn't feasible, there's another option you can consider. It's called a Powerline Adapter, and how they work is quite simple (albeit genius, too.) 

Simply plug a Powerline Ethernet Adapter (we have a variety to choose from right HERE), into your router and in a wall outlet near your router. With help from the Zyxel mobile app, you can then transform your home's power wiring into a robust high-speed internet network to every room in the house. Then, add additional Powerline adapters wherever in the house you want connect to high speed internet delivered (up to 2000 mbps with some models!) You can also use Powerline wireless extenders to add more Wi-Fi more coverage in your home, too. 

Curious to learn more? Click HERE, and see the graphic below that shows a basic Powerline setup and get started today on speeding up your home's data network via your already existing power wiring. 

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