blah, blah, blah, but Valve! Lord GabeN doesn't lie! ranom lines! spikes!
Once again, I don't know which hardware Valve used and in which particular environment and particular router configurations to collect the data for their pointy lines - I do not perceive ANY type of latency issues (especially spikes) while constantly playing games like BF4, it always stays at 25-100ms average values throughout whole gaming round on all nearest 64-player servers (unfortunately the in-game PerfOverlay does not show or log any detailed network data) regardless of what other people do while connected wirelessly to SAME router:http://i.imgur.com/YwjkKhe.png
Same thing happens when I just run PingPlotter for a while using BF4 server IP as destination:http://i.imgur.com/Wk2OFia.png
It can occasionally spike up to 120-150ms between different ISP hops but NEVER to the first hop (which is the router).
This was true for my previous router (Asus RT-N66U, an EXTREMELY common
and well-rated model, which died after warranty expired) and is still true for my current Netgear R7000 router.
This is why I still use WiFi for everything even though I can still run wire to every room by myself through all floors (it would just be unnecessarily annoying and a waste of time). The ONLY time I have any latency issues is when the local ISP starts screwing something up again (either routing between their nodes or is doing some equipment maintenance), in which case everything is affected even when using wired connection directly with their supplied router.
So, once again, to answer the ORIGINAL question - there are no issues at all when using WiFi for FPS gaming with the right
set of equipment (both good router with stable firmware and a good WiFi PC adapter with "compatible" chipset), regardless of fairy tales some people force themselves to blindly accept
Is it cheaper than using powerline adapters or running wire directly from router? Probably not (especially if you can run the wire by yourself), but it's still much, MUCH more convenient and more reliable (compared to powerline adapters only, not to direct wiring)
My advice to original poster
- buy several devices (powerline adapters and a couple of popular routers from different brands), test them out in YOUR particular environment during a couple of weeks to see which solution works better with your particular devices then return other devices for full refund (good retail stores like Amazon/Newegg do not charge restocking fees, especially if you pay for "prime/premier" memberships, which you should if you shop at particular store very often) or gift them to a friend/relative or other person who might need them.
If all you can do is discredit Valve then I think that speaks for itself.
It sure does - it speaks that I am a rational individual who likes to believe in his own objective experience instead of being a mindless follower of any particular brand or "consumer product review" website
That's why I own smartphones (but do not obviously use them all at the same time) by different brands which run WP8, iOS and Android OSes and why I own both Nvidia's Titan and AMD's 290x graphics cards (as well as other products like TN/IPS/MVA monitors of various sizes and brands).
My subscription allows you people to exist on this site and makes me a better human being than you'll ever be