LAN Disconnection

I have 8 computers set up at my house to play LAN games. $ are wired and 4 are wireless. During a game , a few of the computers will lose their connection. And also the ping is around 50, which seems high for a LAN. Any idea why Im getting the diconects?
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Viper596Commented:
Could it be too much traffic over the Wireless connection and it's over-loading your router?
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8741Author Commented:
How much traffic can a wireless router take ?
That was my first thought, but I  thought it could handle at least 4.
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Viper596Commented:
You would think so, but it could be the amout of data being sent by the game. (example, battleship - not much data to send and receive/ a good first person shooter - quite a bit of data) it's just a though. try with 2 less wireless connections and see what happens
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8741Author Commented:
If I got a hub and hard wired all of them, do you think it would work better?
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Viper596Commented:
i wouldn't suggest a hub, but instead a switch. and yes, i do believe if they were all wired it would work great for you.  As long as all your network equipment is up to date and running at 100megabit. you can also just plug the switch into your router, then plug in the computers, and you are good to go
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8741Author Commented:
how is a switch differ from a hub?  
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8741Author Commented:
is a switch independant of the router? Meaning it does not plug into it.
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ridCommented:
A switch knows which computer talks to which; it doesn't send all data to all ports/computers. It works like a hub, but with some "intelligence". Some routers have a built-in switch. Some switches have advanced managing options.
/RID
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Viper596Commented:
the difference between a switch and a hub, is that when you send data from one computer, it gets sent to all other computers on the network weather or not it was meant for them. a switch only sends to the computer that the data was intended for.  thus less chances of data needing to be resent because of corruption or anything else. you can plug both a switch and hub into the router, and the router will automatically assign the computers plugged into it, an IP address. all you are really doing, is adding more wired ports to your router.
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Press2EscSystems IntegratorCommented:
Your games are being played over wireless??  Wireless is notorious for dropping connection due to interference...  Also 8 PCs running concurrently - especially your wireless - may be a bit of a strain.  I suspect your worst case wireless may only 5-10Mbps or less...  As I recall, with a hub you your data rate (speed) is only as fast as your slowest nework component.

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