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BASH 147: PC Gaming Connectivity
Written by jockyitch   
Tuesday, 27 April 2010

As a PC gamer, do you really need to understand how your PC connects to the web?  Will such understanding enhance your gaming?  We try and answer that question this week, on BASH.


On to talk about the fascinating subject of PC Gaming Connectivity, is Rob “Heycarnut”.

Rob is a connectivity guru. If you have ever had any questions regarding how your PC can communicate with the rest of the world, Rob is the guy who can answer them.

Among the questions we ask Rob on this webcast are:

  • Is there anything you can do to get better ping?
  • What’s the best type of home connection for gaming?
  • What does a router do and what kind of problems do gamers find with routers in online games?
  • How can the kinds of problems gamers find with routers be addressed, or worked around?
  • What is network address translation (NAT)? What is Open / Moderate / Strict NAT?
  • What the heck in Port Forwarding and why should we care?
  • Are there any ‘tweaks’ or ‘fixes’, like registry hacks to alter network behavior?
  • What tools are there to help gamers understand and diagnose their connectivity problems?

It’s a fascinating discussion and the hour just flies by as Rob guides us effortlessly through a subject I used to avoid like the plague.

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