Linksys has revealed its WRT32X Gaming Router, designed to provide users with a lag-free gaming experience.
The router uses custom packet filtering techniques to identify non-gaming traffic and reduce its priority when it detects that a user is playing a game.
Linksys said its partnership with Killer Networking on the construction of the router cut down on lag and reduced peak ping by 77%.
For the router’s Killer Prioritization Engine to effectively reduce latency on networks, gamers will need to connect to the device using a Killer-enabled PC.
Many high-end gaming motherboards and laptops from MSI, Alienware, Gigabyte, and Acer feature support for Killer Networking.
When playing a game, the Killer hardware communicates with the router and tells it to prioritise its gaming packets.
Users can also configure the WRT32X to prioritise other types of traffic, including downloads and video streaming.
Killer Networking’s internal tests saw the WRT32X reduce peak ping rate from 74ms to 17ms using a 10Mbps/2Mbps connection, with multiple devices consuming bandwidth.
In a game like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a difference of 57ms can make the difference between a decent connection and an unplayable delay, said Linksys.
If you are a serious gamer whose latency often fluctuates due to other users consuming bandwidth, the WRT32X router could be the solution to your frustrations.
Specs and Pricing
The WRT32X is constructed from “enterprise-grade hardware”, which includes the integrated Killer Prioritization Engine, said its makers.
It also supports the open-source OpenWRT router OS and Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) technology to increase per-client communication.
The WRT32X router will be available in the US from 21 September at a price of $300.
|Wireless||802.11ac – 2.4GHz 600Mbps / 5GHz 2,600Mbps|
|Memory||512MB DDR3 / 256MB Flash|
|Other ports||1x WAN, 1x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA|
|Features||Killer Prioritization, VPN, Media Server|