The Best Ethernet Cables for Gaming

The Best Ethernet Cables for Gaming

If you’re an avid gamer, you know how the quality of your setup influences your gaming. Nothing galls a gamer—no matter how serious or casual they are—more than copious buffering and connectivity glitches. While some gaming software performs fine with a Wi-Fi network, plenty of potential interferences can negatively impact the connection. When it comes to gaming, wired networks are the optimal choice. Since Ethernet cables are key components of wired networks, let’s look at the best Ethernet cables for gaming.

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Your Ethernet Options

Ethernet cables are commonly divvied into three categories: Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6a. The differences between Cat cables should be considered when configuring the ideal wired setup. While each cable is sure to provide greater security, flexibility, and internet speed than a wireless system, some are better suited for gaming networks than others.

Since Cat6a cables typically support a different header connection than most gaming hardware, they’re not the top Ethernet choice by the majority of gamers. The decision between Ethernet cables often comes down between Cat5e and Cat6 cables.

Cat5e Cables or Cat6 Cords: Which Are Best for Gaming?

Both Cat5e and Cat6 wires are reliable options for gaming with Ethernet. However, Cat6 comes out on top because of its greater resistance to interference than Cat5e. Cables in the Cat6 category have stricter manufacturing standards which better protects them from irritating crosstalk.

Splines

The difference in crosstalk resistance lies in the construction of the cables. Cat5e uses twisted pairs to reduce interference, while Cat6e enlists the help of a “spline.” A spline can be found within the cable itself. Its purpose is to separate the copper wires of the twisted pair. A spline produces a more stable and speedy connection because the division between wires greatly diminishes the opportunity for interference.

Bandwidth

Gamers usually default to Cat6 cables as the best Ethernet cables for gaming because of their better bandwidth. Cat6 wires provide 10Gbps bandwidths over the Cat5e’s 1Gbps. Though not necessary for at-home gaming setups, Cat6 can span up to 100 meters (offering the same speed as Cat5e cables at more extreme distances).

What’s Next for Game of Thrones?

What's Next for Game of Thrones?

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since the Game of Thrones series finale aired on HBO. Some viewers were pleased with the direction the series took, while others were vocal about their disappointment. Regardless of where you fell, HBO is not calling it quits with the valuable Game of Thrones IP anytime soon. Keep reading to discover what’s next for Game of Thrones after the series finale.

The Scrapped Spin-Off

Before we dive into all the planned Game of Thrones projects, let’s talk about what could’ve been. HBO was notably developing several spin-offs from different writers and selected Jane Goldman’s offering first. According to Entertainment Weekly, the planned series was set to follow the “world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” The prequel series cast was led by Naomi Watts and shot a pilot that, ultimately, was not picked up by HBO.

More Dragons!

While one Game of Thrones project won’t see the light of day, there will still be plenty of others in the future. HBO is moving forward with House of the Dragon—sometime in 2022, you’ll be able to channel your inner Tyrion Lannister and watch with some delicious red wine.

House of the Dragon will begin filming soon with Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, and more attached to star. The prequel series will follow the Targaryen family hundreds of years before the Game of Thrones story we know.

Another Prequel

In addition to House of the Dragon, HBO is also in early development on a series based on George R.R. Martin’s The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight novellas. Tales of Dunk and Egg will follow Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon V Targaryen 90 years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire.

An Animated Series

The Game of Thrones series is expected to explore different mediums in the future as well, and an animated series is in its early days of development. Not much is known about the animated series, but it is said to be adult oriented.

It’s worth noting that series creator George R.R. Martin is also working on the final novels in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, but there’s no telling when those will arrive. So, that’s what’s next for Game of Thrones, but it’s anticipated that Warner Bros. will remain committed to the franchise since it’s a valuable asset in the ongoing streaming wars.

Antiquated Etiquette We Should Bring Back

Antiquated Etiquette We Should Bring Back

If you’ve ever seen a Jane Austen flick, you know that society used to have a lot of rules. There were specific ways you were supposed to dress, act, eat, talk, and interact with other people, and the penalty for breaking those rules was death—or death of your reputation, anyway. And if you’ve ever seen a Jane Austen flick, you know the two were practically synonymous.

We’re a lot more live-and-let-live than the days of Mr. Darcy. But that doesn’t mean that every single rule was unnecessary. In fact, there is some antiquated etiquette we should bring back.

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RSVP for Events

In Austen’s day, the only available ways to communicate were by letters and word of mouth. These days, you can call, text, email, IM, DM, FaceTime, Marco Polo, or literally just click a button on a Facebook event page. So why are we all so awful at letting people know when we’re going to show up for a party? RSVPing isn’t just about common courtesy. It also tells the host how much food and parking they need to have ready.

Good Posture

We’ve all seen old-fashioned images of finishing school students balancing books on their heads to improve their posture. The idea seems silly now. How does bad posture hurt anyone? But sitting up straight helps communicate that you are interested in what other people have to say. Not to mention, lousy posture invites muscle pain. If you’d rather not walk around your house with a book on your head, try:

  • Walking and sitting up straight
  • Taking time to stretch
  • Sitting a little closer to the steering wheel
  • Improving your desk setup
  • Getting a massage (No, really. It actually works)

Not Finger-Pointing

“When you point, three fingers are pointing back at you.” Yeah? Well, those three fingers are mine, so why not use the easiest way to gesture to distant objects? In addition to making you come off as accusatory, some cultures—Cambodia and Malaysia, for instance—find pointing with one’s index finger rude or even demeaning. If you want to be a true global citizen, try gesturing with an open palm instead.

Don’t Touch Strangers

Different cultures have different views of personal space. Some are very open about standing close to a speaker, touching, or even kissing them. Others surround themselves in an imaginary bubble, and popping it is uncomfortable for everyone involved. Because you can’t necessarily guess which side of the spectrum a stranger is on, it’s best to keep contact at a minimum beyond the traditional handshake.

It’s good that we don’t make people pariahs for using the wrong fork at dinner anymore. But there are still plenty of old-fashioned etiquette rules we really should bring back. In doing so, we don’t just make ourselves look good, but we also end up being more considerate of those around us.