Bandwidth and Brawndo power PDXLAN party

Portland (OR) – You can never have enough bandwidth or energy drinks.  This is the motto that hundreds of gamers will use over the weekend as they attend the PDXLAN gaming party in Portland Oregon.  LAN party coverage is nothing new, so we’re covering the unsung, but still very technical aspects of a LAN party, namely the power and network connections.  For most of the day, I followed more than a dozen volunteers around as they spliced network cables, configured routers and guzzled cases of Brawndo energy drink to stay awake.

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