Linksys Intros its First Gaming Router
Linksys and Rivet Networks have launched the new Linksys WRT gaming edition router – the WRT32X. This first of its kind collaboration, Linksys and Rivet Networks teamed to incorporate the Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE) to provide serious online gamers the only router optimized for high-speed gaming for users with Killer-enabled gaming PCs.
The KPE optimizes traffic for low latency and less lag and ensures that the Killer-enabled PC’s gaming, audio, and video is fast and smooth, while simultaneously managing other online traffic in the home to ensure other devices and activities are not compromised. The new firmware and graphical user interface (GUI) was also custom-built from the ground up with a focus on monitoring and controlling gaming network traffic.
The Linksys WRT32X will be available at retail outlets in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, in the course of October. The MEA gaming market of more than 3.36 million gamers is expected to generate $4 billion dollars of revenue in gaming this year, 2.6 percent share of 2017 global gaming revenues, according to the latest Global Gaming Market Report from Newszoo.
With 25 percent year-on-year growth across the MEA market, Saudi is ranked as the second-top gaming revenue-generating country, with USD 647 million in revenue, while UAE comes in fourth with $281 million revenue. The global gaming market of more than 2.2 billion gamers are expected to generate $109 billion dollars of revenue this year of which 27 percent is from PC Gamers and 31 percent from Console Gamers or combined 58 percent.
“Gaming enthusiasts spend serious money on game play and they want technology that gives them a clear advantage over their rivals,” said Amanullah Khan, Managing Director, Linksys, Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “The Linksys WRT32X offers features no other router has – the Killer Prioritization Engine. When this is paired with a Killer-enabled PC, such as those made by Alienware, Gigabyte, MSI, or Razer, they will experience a dynamic end-to-end connection. It works by prioritizing gaming traffic, slashing peak ping times by up to 77 percent – giving them a clear edge over opponents who use regular gaming routers.”
Khan continued, “During our research into the way serious gamers use their internet connections and the kind of networking technology they have at home, we initially though they were using so-called ‘gaming routers’. But when we looked into this, we found out they were using regular routers, modified with ‘gamer-bait’ visual accents. This had been slickly marketed but there was no substance and nothing truly innovative.”
Linksys used these insights to develop a truly gaming-focused router, the WRT32X. Delivering an unparalleled online gaming experience, it is characterized by low latency and super-fast speeds. The router utilizes enterprise-grade hardware DNA of the kind found in the WRT line, but the performance of the WRT32X was built from the ground up. With its all-new firmware and software, and performance networking platform, it delivers the best possible online gaming experience.
“Integrating Killer Networking technology to the WRT32X is a huge win for gamers,” said Bob Grim, vice president of marketing and business development at Rivet Networks. “For the first time, gamers will have a router that is designed specifically to work with their Killer-enabled PCs to identify and prioritize important gaming network traffic and ensure their online gaming experience is fast and smooth, no matter what else is going on in their home network.”
The Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE)
The WRT32X utilizes the Killer Prioritization Engine (KPE) to determine which devices are connected to the router that are enabled with and using Killer Networking hardware. This hardware can be found in gaming and performance PCs and motherboards from companies like Dell (both Alienware and XPS models), Gigabyte, MSI, or Razer, as well as Acer, Lenovo, and more.
The KPE works in tandem with Killer-enabled computers to prioritize important gaming and video networking traffic above other devices in the home. When a user starts a game, the Killer hardware on the PC communicates with the router and tells the router to treat the gaming packets special and with high priority. If the network is bogged down from other users, the WRT32X is able to keep the gameplay fast and smooth because it prioritizes the Killer game traffic above other traffic in the home.
Conversely, the PC also communicates to the router when a less important activity is taking place (like a download) so that the router won’t let the download impact the Internet experience of other users in the home. Since network priorities are fully customizable on Killer-Enabled PCs, the KPE on the WRT32X is able to honor those priorities. So if the user configures the Killer Control Center to make streaming videos their top priority, the WRT32X will treat those packets like gold and ensure nothing in the home slows down those streaming video networking packets.
The Custom-Built Firmware and Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Gamers will also welcome the new custom-built firmware and GUI specifically for this WRT32X. The firmware won’t be found on any other router. The GUI is used to promote important network settings for gaming, provide network usage statics, and it’s wrapped in a design that appeals to gamers while matching the edgy design of the WRT hardware. The new GUI also has a unified responsive design across the desktop, table and mobile device.
Users on a Killer-enabled PC will also now see a “router” tab on Killer’s Control Center App on the PC when the WRT32X is attached. This provides easier access to router KPE controls for settings while gaming without launching the router GUI.
Linksys WRT32X Enterprise Grade Hardware
The WRT32X Wi-Fi Gaming Router, a CES 2017 Innovations Award Honoree, starts with enterprise grade hardware: 1.8 GHz Dual-Core ARM CPU, 802.11ac Wave 2 Dual-band 3×3 wireless radio, 256MB Flash and 512MB of DDR3 Memory, and 5-port SOHO-grade Gigabit Ethernet switch with TCAM. For the software, the core firmware level uses the latest stable Linux kernel version for a streamlined and lightweight code base with low latency as the top focus. The secret ingredient and key innovation is the integration of the Killer Prioritization Engine.
WRT32X Key Benefits:
- Wi-Fi router built purely for gaming identifies, prioritizes gaming network above all else to give users an edge
- Synchronization with Killer-enabled PCs gives gaming traffic a priority on wired and Wi-Fi connections
- Prioritization engine powered by Killer Networking delivers up to 77 percent reduction in peak ping for faster response time
- Blazing fast 1.8GHz Dual-Core processor for simultaneous high-speed data processing
- Custom-built gaming user interface and firmware specially tuned for online gaming traffic
- Exclusive optimization for Killer Networking gaming clients found in computers from Alienware, Gigabyte, MSI, Razer and more.
The WRT32X will be on display at the Linksys Booth – Hall 2, at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, on 8-12 October. The new Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi Gaming Router will being rolling out to leading retailers in the UAE such as Sharaf DG, Carrefour, Emax, Lulu, Plug Ins, Jumbo, ECity, and EROS, throughout October for an estimated MSRP of AED 1329.