The Linksys WRT32X Is A Wi-Fi Router For Gamers

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If you've got a PC with a Killer network card in it -- and that could include something from Alienware, Razer, MSI or Gigabyte -- you could have an instant ticket to lower pings during online gaming. That ticket is the new Linksys WRT32X, a router that demonstrates a 77 per cent drop in latency during online gaming, and has plenty more PC-friendly features to boot.

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The WRT32X is the latest and greatest in Linksys' storied WRT line, which started way back when with the WRT54G in 2003 but that has since evolved to new levels with the WRT1900AC and WRT1200AC. It's a gutsy dual-band 802.11ac router with AC3200 speeds and MU-MIMO support, but it's a partnership with networking hardware company Rivet Networks, who make Killer network cards and hardware for laptops from Alienware, Razer and the like, that promises the biggest improvement for gamers.

A Killer Prioritisation Engine bumps gaming-related network traffic to the front of the queue when it's switched on, with most routers normally prioritising streaming video or downloads above all else. Bumping gaming to the top of the pile reduces pings massively, but online gaming doesn't actually take up that much speed -- it just needs priority. You can still stream and game, as long as you've got network smarts putting those gaming packets front and centre, and that's what the WRT32X promises to do. You can even prioritise non-Killer devices manually using the WRT32X's management interface.

The WRT32X is out now -- it launched at PAX Australia down in Melbourne over the weekend -- for $449.95 through JB Hi-Fi.

Linksys' estimation of the 77 per cent reduction in ping times, for what it's worth, is gleaned from a pretty standard real-world example: a network with a PC on it using a Killer NIC, with a bunch of other devices on it sharing a 10Mbps/2Mbps download/upload internet connection. That partnership with Killer drops network latency from 74ms to 17ms This is backed up by early reviews. Those early reviews have also heaped praise on the WRT32X's simplified GUI, which is far more straightforward than most routers and gives a good look at important stats for your home network in real time. [Linksys / JB Hi-Fi]

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    I'm not sure why you've posted such a misleading article.

    This won't improve pings any better then a $50 router.

      Agreed the suggestion that it will make a massive performance increase is pretty misleading considering the average person who would buy something like this probably hasn't got the greatest understanding of how to setup a router.

      I've been asked by enough friends if buying an better router will make their internet faster when in reality the cause of their issues is the fact they are 3+ km from their exchange on ADSL2+ or crappy FTTN. They will read an article like this and think they can get faster speeds.

      When it reality this is some very expensive QoS management and that's about it.

      If you've got a Killer NIC in your PC, yes it will. That's the entire point of the Killer partnership. It's fancy QoS, yes, but some people will pay for that -- especially the kind of people that have already bought an expensive PC with a Killer NIC in the first place.

        I'm going to be devil's advocate. Killer NIC? What would be defined As one? As there is only a handful of chipset manufacturers performance isn't that great between cards only fancy visual software.

      but the article links to actual reviews where the killer QoS system actually reduces pings while playing TF2 while someone else on the network is streaming video.

      name a $50 router with that sort of QoS and I'll go buy one.

    For that much money you can pay an electrician to run 2 Cat6 cables to your $30 router and get 1ms ping (LAN)

    Latency between where and where?

    The only router worth buying would be https://netduma[dot]com if you want a games router. There are plenty of Youtube videos other there that show this router working under load.

    Nice advertorial, but I thought you had to declare those clearly.

    I wouldn't be sitting too close to this router especially if you want to have children later in life when the fun and games are over...just saying...

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    The main issue with this product is it really requires an end to end solution to receive the benefits of the Router’s performance. Just having the WRT32X Router is only one portion of the puzzle, you still need to have a Killer client device on the other end. If your PC's Motherboard only has an off the shelf Gig LAN card, you may or may not see all the benefits that the vendor is claiming with this Router.

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