CES 2020 | Killer Networking AI will give gamers and Dell XPS owners stronger Wi-Fi connections
The seemingly endless applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence have been steadily creeping in on everyday electronics and even gaming as of late. Its latest application, however, could benefit gamers in a different way should it work as advertised. Rivet Networks has announced the Killer Intelligence Engine for PCs that incorporates AI to improve Wi-Fi quality.
According to the official press release, the Killer Intelligence Engine can:
- Monitor all available access points and assign each one a score based on several wireless metrics. The software will then automatically connect the client PC to the highest scoring access point for better connectivity.
- Automatically compare the wireless capabilities of the router and client to recommend network upgrades or settings that can increase network performance.
- Boost the performance and speed of existing Killer networking technologies like DoubleShot Pro or the Prioritization Engine.
Of course, most home users will only have one access point anyway. In this case, the software can automatically choose the best bands for the user.
Killer will make the tech available to any laptop equipped with certain Killer WLAN modules like those found on most MSI, Dell XPS, Alienware, Acer, or Gigabyte laptops. The company has noted that existing owners of the Killer 1550 or 1650 will also be able to download Intelligence Engine at a future date.
Austin, Texas - (January 6, 2020) - Rivet Networks is incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into
its Killer Intelligence Engine to help customers establish and maintain stronger and faster
wireless connections. Online experiences are often defined by the quality of the Wi-Fi
connection, which can be challenging because unlike CPU or Graphics technology, the PC’s
network performance is influenced by a large number of outside variables that change on a
minute by minute basis. By using AI to constantly monitor and score available Wi-Fi networks,
the Killer Intelligence Engine is able to direct a user to the best available access point. Moving a
user to a better access point can reduce latency by up to 50% and increase throughput by over
100%. Below are three ways the Killer Intelligence Engine can significantly improve PC
1) The Killer Intelligence Engine includes Smart Access Point Selection Technology that uses
AI to monitor and score all available access points on several key wireless metrics. If a
higher scoring access point becomes available, the Killer Intelligence Engine will
automatically switch the user to the better access point if it is on the same network. If
the better access point is on a different network, the Killer Intelligence Engine will
provide a 1-click method to switch to the better access point.
2) Many users don’t realize that they are using previous generation networking
equipment. The Killer Intelligence Engine helps by comparing the networking
capabilities or the PC to the capabilities of the network that it is connected to. If the
capabilities are different, the Killer Intelligence Engine will recommend network
upgrades that will increase network performance.
3) The Killer Intelligence Engine leverages other Killer technologies to improve networking
performance. It works with Killer DoubleShot Pro by evaluating the health of each Killer
interface and then making sure that critical traffic goes over the healthiest interface (either ethernet or WiFi). It also feeds the Killer Prioritization Engine key information
that helps better prioritize traffic. For example, the Killer Intelligence Engine will alert
the Killer Prioritization Engine of an unhealthy WiFi environment which leads to
additional protection of game traffic.
The Killer Intelligence Engine can deliver better performance in almost all network
environments. If a user only has access to a single access point, then the Killer Intelligence
Engine will ensure the user is connected to the best band. If the user has multiple access points
available (which could be at home, at work, or in public places such as airports), then the Killer
Intelligence Engine will evaluate all of the different access points and put the user on the best
band of the best access point.
“Having a bad WiFi connection is incredibly frustrating for all PC users and is especially painful
for gamers and performance users that require a fast, stable connection. Up until now, users
have not had a good way to know they are on the best available connection,” said Rivet
Networks’ CEO Michael Cubbage. “Using Artificial Intelligence, the Killer Intelligence Engine is
able to significantly improve the users experience by ensuring the user is always connected to
the best available access point.
For more information or to download the Killer Intelligence Engine, please visit
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