Rivet Networks Announces Killer Wireless-AC 1535

Subject: Networking, Shows and Expos | June 2, 2015 - 12:00 PM |
Tagged: msi, killer nic, killer, computex 2015, computex, 802.11ac

Killer Networking has developed several networking solutions, focused on gamers, over the last decade or so. Ryan reviewed their first product way back in 2006, and he found it had some merit but struggled when quantifying it, especially to the price tag that it bore. Many years later, Qualcomm picked them up and their technology found a few design wins, especially with Gigabyte motherboards. They also branched out into wireless networking, a segment that undeniably could benefit from innovation. They are also, now, under the Rivet Networks brand, which is listed as an “Authorized Design Center” for Qualcomm.

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Today, they are announcing the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 Networking Adapter. This brings their technology to the 802.11ac standard. It includes features like DoubleShow Pro, which allows Windows to balance network traffic between wireless and wired networks. It also allows the user to monitor their wireless traffic, even providing an interface to throttle or outright disable certain applications from using the internet. They are mostly promoting their “ExtremeRange” technology, which uses the MU-MIMO standard of 802.11ac, along with beamforming and two signal amplifiers, to provide high bandwidth at longer ranges.

The Killer Wireless-AC 1535 has received a few design wins, this time with MSI. It will be available in the MSI GT72 and MSI GT80 gaming laptops, as well as the MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard. Thankfully, they are not adopting MSI's love of uppercase letters.

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June 2, 2015 | 01:25 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

total b/s company producing b/s products.

June 2, 2015 | 03:31 PM - Posted by ryanbush81

I thought Ryan had said there were no noticeable benefits to the Killer NIC back in his early reviews and I believe he stated that all of the changes it did could easily be done manually with directions in Google search. It just makes me mad when I am install Windows and I accidentally plug the network cord into the Killer port instead of the Intel port because of course the drivers are not included. If it were up to me I would have asked Gigabyte to skip that and pass the savings on to us. I really see no purpose in this company. Just like Monster gold plated cables.

June 4, 2015 | 07:40 PM - Posted by xtinct16 (not verified)

I had an alienware M17x r3 and I upgraded the nic card from intel to killer N-1103 and noticed a drop in latency in online games (from 90~130ms to 60~90ms).

It also gave me more range and much more stable connection especially when I am using the campus wifi.

there was also a test by anandtech ages ago and it showed noticeable improvement by using Killer Wireless vs the competition


June 15, 2015 | 01:32 PM - Posted by ryanbush81

Yes I did see the Killer Wireless review. I believe PC Perspective mentioned that the wireless was good as well. However, what I was saying about the hard wired one is that the software makes changes to how Windows handles the network communication and those changes can be made manually to any connection. So basically you are paying for software to change two settings that can be done for free by a simple Google search.

June 15, 2015 | 01:35 PM - Posted by ryanbush81

In fact I remember someone writing a script that would change the settings for you back when I played World of Warcraft that would allow you to reduce your latency.

June 15, 2015 | 01:37 PM - Posted by ryanbush81

I do see now they are referring to the wireless version of the product anyway so maybe my comment was out of line. Still think that the company is charging a premium for it's snake oil.

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