THE LINKSYS A HARD­CORE IS A GAM­ING ROUTER

Tech Advisor - - Feature: The Best Of Ces 2017 -

Every mod­ern Wi-Fi router has some type of qual­ity-of-ser­vice (QoS) fea­ture that as­signs dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties to dif­fer­ent types of In­ter­net traf­fic. But Linksys says the WRT32X – a 802.11n/802.11ac MU-MIMO router – is highly op­ti­mised to recog­nise lag-sen­si­tive traf­fic like games. The se­cret in­gre­di­ent is Rivet Net­works’ Killer Pri­or­i­ti­za­tion En­gine.

The firm told us the tech­nol­ogy uses heuris­tic logic to de­ter­mine which network traf­fic is gam­ing traf­fic, and then as­signs that data the high­est pri­or­ity. As the com­pany’s mar­ket­ing officer, Bob Grim, said, “A Mi­crosoft Win­dows up­date packet shouldn’t be treated as just as im­por­tant as a gam­ing packet. We’ll never queue a gam­ing packet, for ex­am­ple, be­cause it’s la­tency de­pen­dent.”

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the WRT32X looks fan­tas­tic. Even router com­pa­nies want in on CES’s PC-en­thu­si­ast ac­tion.

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