Qualcomm Atheros unveils Killer networking controller

Qualcomm Atheros announces its new Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi Module and the Killer E2200 Ethernet Controller that are optimized for gaming, video, and audio.

Qualcomm Atheros

Gamers might buy these just because of their name, which might have been the case of another product offered by Bigfoot Networks awhile ago.

Qualcomm Atheros announced today its latest Wi-Fi and Ethernet controllers called Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi Module and Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet Controller. These are network adapters with built-in QoS designed to "provide unprecedented performance and advanced control by automatically classifying and prioritizing gaming, video, and audio network data," Qualcomm claims. Basically, they are great for games and entertainment-related applications.

Both of these new solutions comes with an exclusive technology called Advanced Stream Detect that identifies and prioritizes all network traffic, which is helpful for those who use the computer for multiple Internet-based applications at a time, such as playing games while running Torrent downloads in the background. The Advanced Stream Detect technology ensures important applications that require high-speed connectivity get priority over less-important traffic. All Killer technology comes with Killer Network Manager software that enables users to set priorities for all network applications, increase or reduce the bandwidth each application uses, or block an application entirely.

According to Qualcomm, the Killer Wireless-N 1202 is a 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi module, which also has interpreter Bluetooth, which offers users the ability to play online games or stream media while simultaneously having Bluetooth connectivity. This would make a great combo solution for those who also use Bluetooth-enabled peripherals, such as mice or headphones. The Killer E2200 Ethernet controller comes with an adaptive Gigabit Ethernet controller that supposedly offers better online gaming and online media performance than standard Ethernet solutions.

The Killer E2200 high-performance Ethernet controller is available now, while the The Killer Wireless-N 1202 high performance Wi-Fi module will be available in May. It's currently unclear how much they cost.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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