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WiFi Connection Drops While Gaming

Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:15 pm

I'm running into a very frustrating problem right now. When I load up Starcraft 2 my WiFi connection drops in a game about 30% of the time. The game pauses, the "Waiting" screen in SC2 comes up, I alt-tab to the desktop, watch the tray icon a few seconds and then it shows connection is lost. Refresh wireless connections and my network still shows. Try to connect and it says it can't. Literally as soon as I close SC2 the connection will come back (80% of the time I say, but I'm talking literally right as I get to desktop it is back).

I'm using a Zonet ZEW2546 which is about the cheapest USB WiFi adapter out there. It's pretty bad. I'm using it until I decide on a better one (finding one with good Linux support is a pain, no real evidence just a lot of poorly written opinions). But I can't figure out of this is some bizarre software issue or the WiFi adapter.

Any ideas? Also, any suggestions of a quality (though under $40 if possible) USB 802.11n WiFi adapter with solid Linux support would be highly welcome as well.
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Re: WiFi Connection Drops While Gaming

Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:23 pm

touch the USB thing
if it is very hot it could be going bad under load

easy to test, just plug in a ethernet cable instead
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Re: WiFi Connection Drops While Gaming

Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:29 pm

In my experience, wi-fi and on-line gaming aren't the best of bedfellows. Is a wired option available for you? It isn't as big of a deal for RTS's as it is for FPS's, but its hard to be the qualify of a wired connection.
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Re: WiFi Connection Drops While Gaming

Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:41 pm

D/L TCPView. It's a standalone .exe and written by someone who figured out so much about Windows that MS hired him. Launch it and then launch SC2. If you've instantly got a whole pile of fresh connection attempts, the adapter is probably choking under the load of all the connections.
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