UPDATE FROM CES2018: There is an XBOX ONE X version of this fantastic router coming they call the WRT32XB, better still the hardware inside is the same and this new additional functionality will become available via a firmware update!
Those fine folks at Linksys have partnered up with the team from Killer Networking to create a router that's geared for gaming, with features specifically designed to ensure the best possible ping on your home network. At its core, the Linksys WRT32X is top-tier even without the Killer partnership, the AC3200 router (N600+AC2600) features four large external antennae with amplifiers for massive range, simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz + 5Ghz, an easy to use custom user interface with a performance-grade 1.8 GHz dual-core CPU powering it and a high-efficiency heatsink to keep things cool and quiet.
Even with all this outstanding tech though, our own home networks are now taking in connections from more devices than ever before, prioritizing everything is becoming a popular way to make sure that game of PUBG I'm playing isn't being held back behind all the other connected devices. After all, our phones, tablets, tv, consoles and computers are all interfacing with our one household modem/router simultaneously!
So what's the best way to ensure my game is given the best path to the internet over others?
A Killer network enabled PC paired with a Killer Router like the Linksys WRT32X is the best way to do it! Before we get into things though, who & what is Killer?
Killer is a technology division that focus on creating the best possible networking experience for users, it's likely you’ve already seen the logo on a range of excellent gaming gear from the likes of Razer, MSI, Gigabyte, Dell and more hardware manufacturers who incorporate the Killer Networking technology into their products. The most popular integration we see here at PB Tech is referred to as the Killer Doubleshot which allows for multiple internet connections to be combined into a single network stream, ideal for those extreme power users who require maximum bandwidth.
Back to the subject at hand, the Killer Prioritization Engine brings Killer’s unparalleled speed, intelligence, and control to our home networks.
It is available exclusively on the Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi Gaming Router and when this Killer Prioritization Engine is paired with a Killer enabled Gaming PC or Laptop this allows Killer technology to manage both sides of the network connection to create an unparalleled gaming and multimedia experience. The Killer Prioritization Engine automatically identifies gaming systems with Killer Networking components and prioritizes their real-time and streaming traffic above online activities from other devices in the home.
This gives us gamers the consistent low latencies and bandwidth we need for gaming, rather than having our connection slow down mid-game right at the moment our charming housemates started watching Netflix and twittering on their phones...
It’s important to note you can still benefit from Network Prioritization with just the router, though you’ll have to manually set the priority to your gaming PC in the settings. The good news is that if you do upgrade to Killer-enabled devices later on, these will slot into the top spots on the Killer priority queue seamlessly.
What will I need for this?
The trick to making this all seamless is having Killer in both ends of the connection. Getting the WRT32X Router is the first step, and then combine it with one of the product options below for a seamless user experience.