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Can I play PC games from a WD EX2 connected via a 50 feet network cable to laptop?

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arnprasad

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Hi..the only computer in my house that has a decent graphics card is my dell 5575 that has nvidia 1050.

I have all my media files on my WD EX2 (https://www.amazon.in/WD-Diskless-Network-Attached-Storage/dp/B01AWH05KK) .

My laptop has limited storage since its SSD.

Hence cannot have too many 30-80 GB games on it. My WD EX2 has >1 TB of free space. Its location is ground floor and I currently access it on first floor by a cheap network cable.

If I download these games onto the WD - can I play it on my laptop? I am guessing even cheap network cables are faster than say USB3 connected to external hard drives?

my other option is to buy a WD 1.5 TB for around 3500 and save my games and connect that to my laptop.(https://www.amazon.in/Elements-Portable-External-Drive-Black/dp/B06XDKWLJH/ref=lp_20135163031_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1574783799&sr=1-1) - but trying to avoid it since this is for my kids and hence casual gaming once in a while
 
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jai1611

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You can try. May depend on the game. Have seen cases where people use 10gbps network connections for this. Not sure if a normal LAN would work
 

Rud31

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I suspect it would depend more on your system RAM and GPU's VRAM. If they are big enough then besides slow initial load time, it should work OK.
 
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