Gaming Lag

Son is driving me crazy with his gaming frustrations……

We currently have the fastest broadband available in our area which is limited by connection from BT junction box several 100 metres up the road to 50mbps and we get that to our router

Despite that when he’s playing online games (COD, FIFA) it will at times lag and cause untold amount of stress for him…hard being a gamer!

We’re not on a broadband package that limits the speed during peak times and I’ve checked the WiFi strength to his Xbox and it’s at 80%

Is the only real answer to route a Ethernet cable through the house to the games room which is on the same floor as the router which is in the front room?

Is a WiFi booster going to make any difference seeing as signal is 80% upload of 13.8 mbps download of 47mbps with a latency of 60ms

Will a Ethernet cable actually be much better? If so I may test run a cable through the house before committing to the pain that will be hiding it through three rooms to reach the games room

In the first instance borrow or steal a long ethernet cable and run it through the house to see if that resolves the issue. If it does then you could try powerline adaptors to get wired ethernet to the Xbox. Their speed depends on your house’s wiring but they are usually pretty good.

TP-Link TL-WPA4220 TKIT 2-Port Powerline Adapter WiFi Starter Kit, Range Extender, Broadband/WiFi Extender, WiFi Booster/Hotspot, No Configuration Required, UK Plug

If they are no good you can return them. Ive recently put a TP Link Deco X50 mesh in my parents house and that works really well. Wifi is strong and fast everywhere now.


Wait….so you just plug them into the socket and it allows you to run an Ethernet cable from the plug into the Xbox? Do you need feeding into the router too?

Magical :joy::man_shrugging:

Powerline adapters are brilliant.

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One from router into one adaptor in plug. Then wherever you plug another one in, can draw a cable from there to device you want.

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If I may expand on Jobys excellent post, get the 1GB versions as the 600 series only has 100mb ports, so the interplug mesh will be 600mb, but you will only ever get a max of 100 out of the ethernet port.

Powerline Adapters | TP-Link United Kingdom

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WiFi wall plugs are essential if you want to carry WiFi signal around the house with no fuss, especially if you have thick walls. Although it relies on electric cables so they also have to be in good condition to carry signal.

Well I’ve ordered some of the TP link plugs 1000mbs to try out

The wiring should be fine as house is less than 10 years old…:thinking:

Will report back once they arrive tomorrow!

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I mostly disagree with the above advice, they work quite well for lower performance solutions…web browsing etc. Any kind of device that serves as a relay, unless possessing something like a dedicated back-haul, will slow a wireless connection. Powerline stuff, I’m not that familiar with, but it does need to be on the same circuit to function well.

The most obvious source of lag is actually the on the router (QoS/double NAT?)/traffic, or the traffic going through it. 13MB uplink isn’t that great, so a device like a camera or streaming activity would quickly strain it. This is completely ignoring anything like Discord/video that might be open with the game stream.

I would recommend you check what router you have, see what the traffic uses are and if any settings can be tweaked to bias the XBox. Failing that, invest in a better router. They’re actually very competitive compared to things like Powerline or WiFi “Boosters”, I would consider both these two solutions the worst possible items to increase or stabilise coverage.

If you want something rock solid, a good router when combined with Mesh package, can support very high levels of coverage for a pretty low cost and without cables. If you’re happy to run CAT cable, Access Points and a router is the way…this is getting into nerd territory though.


Just to complete, I assume your connection is ADSL from the stats you mentioned? Additional checks on the line would be good to to see if the connection is consistent. Check a filter is fitted…the router is in a sensible place, not overheating etc.

There are plenty of second hand router options available on Gumtree/EBay. Just make sure what ever you’re doing involves routing and modem as one action, for instance, do not get a high performance router and connect it to your existing hardware without disabling its router function.

PS. Same for Mesh systems. DecoMesh, BT…there are loads of fairly decent ones to be had.

yup powerline adaptors as well.

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Well early results are promising!

He’s playing Fifa with no lag and most importantly no dramas! after setting it up.

Usually at this time of night is when it’s at its worst!

I owe @Joby and everyone a virtual beer

Obviously as a good Dad I will have to thoroughly test it out on COD MW2 later when he’s asleep


No worries. I had the same advice from someone on here about 10 years ago. Great to hear it seems to be working.

There’s no replacement for Ethernet, even in 2022 :slight_smile:
I’ve spent good time and money wiring the house for it. Next up, 10gbe upgrade.


One of my neighbours who demolished and refurbished his place only a few years ago has last month broken open the walls again, pulled ethernet, and made good - because both him and his kids are into gaming and wifi just wasn’t cutting it.

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Its not just me running Cat5 then

Cat 5 is safe for up to 100m. After that, there is a signal degradation.

Its all good our little bungalow isn’t thet big. The longest of the 4 radials is less than 15M between wall sockets with the router and computers on 1M & 2M cables. :smiley:

Yeh, I concur with Jay, I have been running cat5 where it counts, for the living room TV and sky box I dont care so wifi it is

Lol if Curtis needs a 100m cat cable i want to do the job hes doing!

Think 100m woild go round my place about 5 times :rofl: