LINKSYS ANNOUNCES THE FIRST TRUE GAMING ROUTER TO HELP GAMERS DOMINATE WITH 77% REDUCED PEAK PING TIMES FOR LESS


The New Powerful Linksys WRT32X Gaming Router Leverages Killer Networking Prioritization Engine to Optimize the Gaming Experience For Killer-Enabled Gaming PC Users

New Firmware and GUI Is Custom-Built For Gaming Traffic Control

Singapore – November 9, 2017 Linksys®, a leader in home and business networking solutions and Rivet Networks, makers of the award winning line of high-performance Killer™ Networking products for desktop and notebook PCs, today announce the new Linksys WRT™ gaming edition router – the WRT32X.

In 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.

According to the latest Global Gaming Market Report from Newszoo, the Asia Pacific gaming market of more than 99.2 million gamers are expected to generate US$51.3 billion dollars of revenue to close 2017, leading towards a 9.2% YoY increase in the next coming years. “Serious gamers are spending money on game play and expect to have networks and technology that gives them an edge over opponents”, said Jenny Ng, Vice President for APAC, Linksys. “The Linksys WRT32X provides advantages that no other routers have – and that is the Killer Prioritization Engine. The router, when paired with a Killer-enabled PC –from makers such as Alienware®, Gigabyte®, MSI®, or Razer® and others, provides a powerful end-to-end connection to prioritize gaming traffic to reduce peak ping times up to 77%*, providing a real advantage for faster kills over opponents that use regular “so-called” gaming routers.”

Jenny continued, “The Linksys team conducted research on how online gaming enthusiasts used their internet connections and the networking technology in their home. Deeper investigation revealed that "gaming routers" in the market were standard consumer routers but with some "gamer-bait" visual accents coupled with smart marketing, having no real technical substance or innovation. This drove us to create a true gaming-focused router that delivers the best networking experience for online gaming with low latency and the fastest speeds. The WRT32X utilizes enterprise-grade hardware DNA found in the WRT line of routers, and the new stealth livery informs consumers that the WRT is a performance networking platform built to deliver the best 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.”


M1 GamePRO 1Gbps is a customized broadband plan for gamers. Running on a dedicated network, GamePRO users will enjoy the highest prioritization in traffic at blazing speeds. With managed custom routing to overseas gaming servers, users will enjoy a smoother gameplay and low lag.

“We are excited to partner Linksys to offer a gaming router with our GamePRO 1Gbps fibre broadband plan. Together with the performance of the Linksys WRT32X gaming router, customers will enjoy enhanced gaming experience powered by M1 GamePRO plan’s dedicated network and lower latency.” said Mr P. Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer, M1.

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. 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.

Ian Tan, Senior Director of Global Marketing at Razer said: “Razer has always believed in pushing the limits of gaming performance and the Linksys WRT32X gaming router is the perfect companion to our Razer Blade laptops. The Killer wireless technology built into the WRT32X and our Blades focuses your Internet bandwidth to exactly where and when you need it – whether it is for gaming or other demanding work. Gamers deserve the best and both companies are here to deliver it.

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 3x3 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% 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

Product Technical Specifications:
        Wi-Fi Technology: AC3200 MU-MIMO

        Network Standards: 802.11a/g, 802.11n, 802.11ac

        Wi-Fi Speed: AC3200 (N600 + AC2600)

        Wi-Fi Bands: 2.4 and 5 GHz (simultaneous dual-band)

        DFS certified for operation in the clear DFS channel airspace

        5-port Pro-grade Gigabit Ethernet ports: 1x Gigabit WAN port, 4x Gigabit LAN ports

        Other: One(1) USB 3.0 port, One(1) Combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port, Power

        Antennas: 4x external, dual-band, detachable antennas

        Processor: 1.8 GHz dual-core

        Memory: 512MB DDR3 RAM / 256MB Flash

        Wireless Encryption: WPA2 Personal

        VPN Support: PPTP IPSec pass‐through

        Storage File System Support: FAT, NTFS, and HFS+

        Browser-based Setup and custom graphical user interface

        Open Source ready for OpenWrt

High-res images can be downloaded here.

Pricing and Availability

The new Linksys WRT32X comes with a 3-year Warranty and 24/7 customer support for added peace of mind, and will be available at the recommended retail pricing (RRP) of SGD $449

Retails availability of the Linksys WRT32X as follows:


Date

Availability
Promotions

1 December

Available at all M1 Shops,
•  Customers can purchase the M1 GamePRO



exclusive distributors and online
1Gbps with Linksys WRT32X gaming router



Customers can register their interest
bundle at SGD $52/month*







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*First 100 customers who sign up for the above



Linksys Gaming router bundle
promotion will receive a Razer Basilisk Gaming



online from 10 November
Mouse worth SGD $109.90

1 December

Available exclusively at Challenger
•  Challenger members can purchase WRT32X



stores
at SGD $419



Customers can pre-order at
•  Customers who pre-order WRT32X at



SITEX 2017 will get a FREE Razer Electra



Challenger’s booth at SITEX 2017
V2 headset (Worth $89.90) and a $50 NETS



from 23 to 26 November 2017
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*Limited to the first 100 customers who pre-




order WRT32X

1 December

Availability online at Hachi.tech
•  Hachi.tech member can purchase WRT32X




at SGD $419



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