New networking gear? Oh, yeah, we've got that. Actually, Qualcomm Atheros has that, as today they're introducing both the Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth as well as the Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet controller. You may remember the 'Killer' name from the prior Bigfoot Networks namesake, but that company has grown up quite a bit in recent years. Now, a connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated is the one doing the honors here, but the point of these Killer products remains the same: kill you ping times and make your overall Internet experience better. How so? They're designed to improve performance and advanced control "by automatically classifying and prioritizing gaming, video and audio network data to provide a superior, uninterrupted online entertainment experience." In the past, Killer products have worked exactly as advertised. Here's a bit on both from the company:
"The Killer Wireless-N 1202 high-performance, 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi module introduces Bluetooth for the first time, providing users with the ability to play online games or stream media while simultaneously having Bluetooth connectivity, an essential feature for online gamers who use Bluetooth-enabled peripherals. The Killer E2200 high-performance Ethernet controller is an adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance than standard Ethernet solutions.
Both the Killer Wireless-N 1202 and the Killer E2200 offer superior performance for all online applications through Killer's exclusive Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic. This ensures important applications that require high-speed connectivity, such as online games and video chat, get priority over less important traffic, such as incoming email or system updates. All Killer technology ships with the exclusive Killer Network Manager, giving users the power to set priorities for all network applications, increase or reduce the bandwidth each application uses, or block an application entirely – all in a unique graphical interface."
The Killer Wireless-N 1202 high-performance Wi-Fi module will be available in May, while the Killer E2200 high-performance Ethernet controller is available now. Just be aware that you'll have lots of control over your bandwidth if getting one of these, with the included software capable of tweaking your usage and throughput however you see fit. Want to throttle VoIP while gaming is ongoing? You can do that. Want to make sure streaming video has top priority? You can do that. If you've go ta T3 into your home and laugh at those who have to be concerned with "bandwidth constraints," well, we'll try not to envy you.