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.