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Killer NICs Comes to Laptops for Latency Freaks

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Extreme networking technology for when every bit (and byte) count.

Bigfoot Networks, the technology company behind the Killer line of networking products for online games, today introduced its new Killer Wireless-N family of high-performance Wi-Fi adapters for laptops.

"Popular online applications like gaming, Voice over IP (VoIP) and HD video are some of the most sensitive to latency and packet loss over Wi-Fi connections," said Bigfoot Networks CEO Michael Howse. "With our innovative networking technology and advanced 802.11n hardware, Killer Wireless-N adapters not only accelerate performance for online games, they also reduce stuttering, excessive buffering and other annoyances in video chat and on-demand entertainment services. You can watch Internet TV, listen to streaming music or play a first-person shooter while downloading a huge e-mail attachment, and not miss a thing. It's a powerful new online experience for notebook users."

Killer Wireless-N adapters support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standards, operate on 2.4 GHz and 5GHz frequency bands and come in a half-size mini-PCIe form factor. Killer Wireless-N 1103 and 1102 adapters deliver data rates of up to 450 Mbps and 300 Mbps, respectively, using range-enhanced 802.11n.

Like the desktop parts, the Killer NIC for notebooks also come with software that adapts to flows of data from different applications. Advanced Stream Detect technology automatically classifies and prioritizes latency-sensitive network traffic for online games, HD video and high-quality audio, providing better control and fewer interruptions. Teamed with Bigfoot Networks' Visual Bandwidth Control technology, it enables users to view and control network traffic for each.

While such a technology is overkill for the casual user, those who specifically seek out the top-end gaming laptops won't mind having one of these built into their systems.

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    g00fysmiley , March 2, 2011 11:16 AM
    how is thie company still in buisness >_<

    ok its wireless n ... its fast but its not going to be any faster than most other wireless n card out thats of course basing it on comparing this to howthier network cards for pcs perform beacuse if bigfoot cards don't perform much if any better than the standard rj45 inbedded on your mobo ... and yet they still sell to people who "demand the best" (aka people with more money than sense)

    i can see getting one of thier card for my pc in only one scenario given 2 criteria... 1 my onboard port dies for some reason, and its cheaper than a wireless card

    but yea count me on the not wasting a dime on a useless "upgrade" sure to cost a good bit more on an already expensive laptop when the performance gains will almost certainly not be there
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    amstech , March 2, 2011 11:19 AM
    Marketing scam.
    Onboard Nics are as fast if not faster then anything this company offers.
    There are plenty of suckers out there though, they will probably still sell.
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    Anonymous , March 2, 2011 11:23 AM
    Given that Bigfoot is still in business, I guess PT Barnum was right: there really IS a sucker born every minute, and apparently they're buying NICs with snake oil!
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    Typhoidmary , March 2, 2011 11:47 AM
    If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of idiots being fleeced after being told that they *need* this. The money you would spend would be so much better used to get a SSD, go to a nice dinner, detail the car... and on and on.
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    lamorpa , March 2, 2011 11:57 AM
    g00fysmileyhow is thie...


    yea migt wanto, prof reedyr comm.ents befor sub mit tham;
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    Spanky Deluxe , March 2, 2011 12:05 PM
    Fools and their money...
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    back_by_demand , March 2, 2011 12:06 PM
    I have just installed a CAT6 wired gigabit network all round the house.

    LAN party anyone?
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    Travis Beane , March 2, 2011 12:13 PM
    I can upload and download files on my desktop over wired, while streaming Netflix over wireless through a wall with absolutely no problem at all.
    These things won't help my ping at all either. My ping is because of my ISP, not my network equipment.
    Invest ~$150 into a NIC, or invest $150 into a highend router? I settled for the router with no second though.

    On a low budget build, these make absolutely no sense at all. On a high budget build, between multiple GPU's, sound card etc., do you have the room to put a killer NIC in without killing airflow to something important?
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    LuckyDucky7 , March 2, 2011 12:44 PM
    Does it include the features of the 2100? If so, it might be worth the investment for desktop replacement machines, but if it isn't running a dedicated network processor on the side to download stuff like the 2100 does, it's not worth it.
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    xyriin , March 2, 2011 12:53 PM
    If you care about a 10-20ms latency improvement you buy, otherwise you don't. It is just another higher end product like SSDs, the latest video card, or the latest CPU. If you can afford the other high end components the chump change on a performance NIC is nothing.
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    killerclick , March 2, 2011 2:07 PM
    Latency bottleneck is not and has never been in the NIC.

    But I do like the fact that this company is still in business - means there are enough suckers with too much money around.
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    aaron88_7 , March 2, 2011 2:10 PM
    xyriinIf you care about a 10-20ms latency improvement you buy, otherwise you don't. It is just another higher end product like SSDs, the latest video card, or the latest CPU. If you can afford the other high end components the chump change on a performance NIC is nothing.

    Or if you actually understand networking you would know this is a complete marketing scam. If you honestly care about latency you aren't going to be using wireless, and even on a wired connection your ISP is going to be the biggest influence in your latency, not the NIC card.

    Some people just think throwing around money makes their PC faster, it doesn't.
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    dark_lord69 , March 2, 2011 2:16 PM
    If you buy any special high performance NIC you're waisting your money.
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    lp231 , March 2, 2011 2:44 PM
    Only idiots will fall for this piece of crap.
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    ballisticbuddha , March 2, 2011 3:05 PM
    Hey guys, everybody knows that a Killer NIC won't improve performance, the bottleneck is obviously in the cables running into it, this would only improve performance if you already have a setup with $200 Monster ethernet cables :p 
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    squanto , March 2, 2011 4:27 PM
    Bigfoot? The last I heard they made terribad hard drives, surprised they are still in business. I guess that was a long time ago when hard drives weren't what they are today
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    mavroxur , March 2, 2011 4:31 PM
    squantoBigfoot? The last I heard they made terribad hard drives, surprised they are still in business. I guess that was a long time ago when hard drives weren't what they are today



    LOL wtf? Bigfoot didn't make hard drives. "Bigfoot" was a series of drives made by Quantum.
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    trembl27 , March 2, 2011 4:32 PM
    ballisticbuddhaHey guys, everybody knows that a Killer NIC won't improve performance, the bottleneck is obviously in the cables running into it, this would only improve performance if you already have a setup with $200 Monster ethernet cables

    Haha. I was just thinking the same. You can only unleash the true power of a Killer Nic, with a set of Monster Ethernet Cables. This super enhanced mesh will pulverize any electromagnetic field that might influence this digital transmission. And those gold connectors are gonna insure a perfect contact and no rust for a lifetime. Comes with a 1 year garantee that we won't honor if we can.
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    squanto , March 2, 2011 4:34 PM
    mavroxurLOL wtf? Bigfoot didn't make hard drives. "Bigfoot" was a series of drives made by Quantum.


    Wow I should know that, you are too right. The Quantum Bigfoot drive. Good call
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    hardcore_gamer , March 2, 2011 5:48 PM
    one of the most unnecessary upgardes
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