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Killer NICs Comes to Laptops for Latency Freaks

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • g00fysmiley
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    g00fysmileyhow is thie...
    yea migt wanto, prof reedyr comm.ents befor sub mit tham;
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  • Spanky Deluxe
    Fools and their money...
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  • back_by_demand
    I have just installed a CAT6 wired gigabit network all round the house.

    LAN party anyone?
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  • Travis Beane
    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
    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
    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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