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Gaming Routers and Switches

April 4, 2008 - 3 Comments

As a self-avowed bit of a gamer (yes I have my Level 70 World of Warcrack character, and can go all the way back to Ultima Online, MUDs, Zork, Bard’s Tale, and Wizardry (anyone remember Werdna?) to establish a lineage…) I was reading a question today about ‘What is the Best Router for Gaming’???This is a very good question, but there are two sides to it! Sure, from home I would advocate something like a Linksys WRT54G or newer 11N radio. But what about on the hosting side of things!?!?!?!? A gaming company (of course to remain nameless) commented to me that the Cisco Nexus 7000 would be ideal for their service, being able to offer uninterrupted services to their end-users while using Zero Service Disruption upgrades to maintain security compliance and such as well. CRS is great for the peering edge routers to connect to hundreds of peers and optimize latency and ping time, especially useful for twitch games (love Call of Duty 4 btw… fabulous work by the devs there.)Are there ways to better optimize designs of hosting farms for gaming? Differences between MMORPGs and twitch games? Can we get a decent combined MMORPG with ‘twitch’ combat models? What has to happen to the network to enable that… dg

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  1. At home from a network perspective (some folks emailed me asking so I will take a photo someday) I use a Catalyst 3560 with 24 10/100/1000 ports for the wired Ethernet. It’s hooked up to a coupla NAS boxes, a slew of Macintoshes, the Dell, a Cisco 831 router that VPNs back into corporate and a coupla Cisco IP Phones, my favorite being the one with the Video Screen and such.

  2. I used the wired port as well, running to a slightly outmoded Dell XPS with an Nvidia Geforce 7800. So while you are unleashing all sorts of fun with the SAW I prefer to use the combat knife… just sorta more sportsmanlike ;)I thought about upgrading a Nexus 7000 at home, thought that would be fun. May be a bit of overkill though… at least for the limited time I spend doing anything recreational like that anymore…dg

  3. Wireless for gaming – are you kidding? You must be the sorry guy in COD4 who is getting smoked by running at such a lousy ping rate. Ethernet works fine and won’t leave you wondering how I came around the corner so fast to shoot you.