Wii u LAN faster than wifi?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Gettwobirdsstone, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Gettwobirdsstone

    Gettwobirdsstone Triforce Guardian

    Jul 1, 2012
    Behind you breathing heavily
    I keep read mixed reviews about LAN for Wii u. Some forums say it's slower, some say it's was slow, but the usb's were updated to use LAN correctly. So is it worth it to buy a LAN adapter? I get about 2-3mbps speed on wifi.

    Also, does anyone know of a reliable site to test my connection on the Wii u?
  2. KingBlank

    KingBlank King of Nothing

    Sep 17, 2008
    New Zealand
    New Zealand
    Its strange aye, I don't have a LAN adapter but I cant imagine a usb 2 port supporting higher speeds than the built in wifi.
  3. nero99

    nero99 GBAtemp Addict

    Sep 18, 2014
    United States
    LAN is always faster. But in this case, it depends on the adapter you choose to use.
  4. Heran Bago

    Heran Bago Where do puyo come from?

    Nov 6, 2005
    United States
    Foggy California
    A LAN adapter provides much better speeds than Wifi. The Official Smash Bros. videos recommend it.
  5. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    no shit lan is faster it's connected straight into your router. grab the OFFICIAL lan adapter for the wii it works with wiiu as well.
  6. Sick Wario

    Sick Wario Club Nintendo

    Jul 24, 2006
    NNID: godrugal
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  7. daniel26150

    daniel26150 GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    Usb Lan adapter is faster that wi-fi and more stable, when I play online it never disconnect me on Lan, and in wifi I get lag even when the router is less than 3 feet away
    Last edited by daniel26150, May 14, 2016
  8. rypaul

    rypaul Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    United States
    Miami, Florida
    As is says 2 posts above I purchased one of these

    I used to get disconnections in Xenoblade Chronicles X almost 5 or more times a play session. Since I aquired the adapter I have left the game running
    for 4 days straight and it only disconnect twice, once when they did server maintenance and the second time was when I have to reboot my router when I changed
    some settings in it due to a project I was working on.
    So basically using the USB wired adapter has been like night and day for me. I recommend that anybody using their WiiU online to stop whatever they are doing right now and order one
    of these adapters and STOP using their WiiU wirelessly. My wireless router is not even 5 feet from my WiiU so it's NOT a signal issue. I think they either have bad drivers or buggy chips in the console.

    Further update.
    After leaving my game connected for several days I can say now that I have seen no
    disconnections after that last maintenance and the USB LAN adapter is a must for the WiiU where online is concerned
    Last edited by rypaul, Feb 29, 2016
  9. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I am not sure in this case but on the "LAN is always faster" crowd then I do have to say that wireless ac goes north of 400mbps (wireless N is not a slouch either) where it is still quite reasonable to see places without gig ethernet (be it because of switches, cables or simple lacking hardware) and thus be on 100mbps.
  10. rypaul

    rypaul Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    United States
    Miami, Florida
    Well I am pretty sure we are discussing the WiiU here which has no AC wireless option. Regardless of what the specs say on paper
    about the WiiU's wireless interface the actual performance has issues that are resolved by using the LAN adapter.
    Also an interesting side effect I discovered today is that by not using the 2.4Ghz band due to the wireless being disabled in the WiiU
    that the range of my gamepad has increased noticeably. Whether is is because the wireless chipset is all in one and cannot handle both jobs
    or it's 2 modules and the one used for network causes interference I cannot say but so far the LAN adapter has only brought good things to
    my WiiU experience. Oh and bandwidth is only one issue to consider with networking. It is all well and good to have a big pipe but if the data
    is coming in in bursts every second or two your speedtest will show nice high numbers but your application that expects constant data flowing
    will cry and crash. This is what a lot of people think happens with the WiiU wireless card. It's flow of data fluctuates at intervals and as I stated
    it could very well be some kind of interference from the wireless gamepad
  11. mech

    mech ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

    Oct 26, 2014
    Nintendo wont crack out AC wifi until 2020 :D
  12. Pain

    Pain Member

    Oct 31, 2015
    As far as i know, LAN it's the best option, dependends on the conditions tho. For example, an Ethernet cable running near electrical cables can cause interference, which represents as lag and low speeds. Not like it happens often but you should consider it. Ethernet FTW tho
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