Nintendo have made the claim that for the best online experience, players should buy their HORI Nintendo Switch branded Wired Internet LAN Adapter. But should you really buy it?
Short answer, no.
Long answer, no.
“But you can’t just say ‘Don’t buy it’ without any proof or evidence!” you say? Well I’ve done ‘extensive’ research so you don’t have to.
I experimented with three different USB-Ethernet adapter:
- HORI’s Nintendo Switch branded Wired Internet LAN Adapter
- Amazon’s AmazonBasics USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
- UtechSmart’s USB Network Adapter, UtechSmart USB 2.0 to 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN Wired Network Adapter for MacBook, Chromebook, Windows, Linux, Wii, Wii U and Switch Game Console (their name on their Amazon page).
Components in this experiment:
- It was done between the time of 4:30pm to 5:30pm, a solid peak time
- ISP is SuddenLink
- 1 Linksys SE1500 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch
- 1 Nintendo Switch (console)
- 1 Personal Computer
- 2 Belkin RJ45 CAT 5e Snagless Molded Patch Cable
- the 3 adapter stated above
Using the normal way I connect to the internet via motherboard in my computer as a control, I compared it to each of the three adapter speed to determine a consistency. Averaging out at 39.3Mbps download and 8.1Mbps upload, I can use that to determined if any of the adapter performs better or worse than my control. Since the Nintendo Switch dock has both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, I tested each adapter using both ports on my computer also. From the data obtained, there was not much speed difference whether it was connected via USB 2.0 or USB 3.0. Also note that between all three adapters, the speed difference is negligible.
See that each of the adapters perform relatively the same on my computer, I then switched the experiment over to the Switch.
While the download and upload speed is vastly different from that of my computer, keep in mind that when testing on the Switch it is pulling from a different data server than the one SpeedTest.net is pulling from, most likely from Nintendo’s servers. As shown from the chart above, results are also similar to the result from the computer test. Similar results across the board on both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port.
Included Wi-Fi results as comparison to wired.
In conclusion if you are looking to buy an adapter for wired LAN play, buying a 3rd party brand would work just as well as HORI’s Nintendo Switch branded adapter at half the price.
All three adapters were bought by the author.