At Computex 2018, Killer Networking is debuting Wireless xTend to improve the home networking experience. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Killer Networking, and what do they offer?
For the uninitiated, Killer Networking is a subsidiary of Rivet Networks, focused on manufacturing gaming-centric networking hardware included in high-end motherboards, gaming PCs and gaming laptops.
The main feature that attracts people to Killer hardware is in its network prioritization features. Killer hardware will prioritize gaming and other low-latency traffic over, say, large file downloads or streaming video, which don’t need nearly as much prioritization as real-time gaming does.
How does Wireless xTend change things?
With the debut of Killer Wireless-AC 1550, Killer-enabled systems can now extend a pre-existing Wi-Fi signal. Whether connected to the original router by Ethernet or Wi-Fi, this will allow, say, your gaming PC or gaming laptop to extend your Wi-Fi signal to other devices in the house. This is especially useful when gaming on consoles or laptop PCs, which will benefit from the amplified Wi-Fi signal.
Since Wireless xTend utilizes Killer hardware, it will include all the same network prioritization features as would be available on a non-xTend Killer system. With integration into the Killer Control Center and partners like Alienware, MSI and Zotac, it’s only a matter of time before Wireless xTend is in a PC near you.