Gamescom 2017 | Linksys announces the WRT32X Gaming Router and claims it is "the first true gaming router"
Yesterday Linksys made a Gamescom 2017 announcement about their new gaming focused router, the WRT32X. Linksys is claiming that this is the "first true gaming router – built for serious gamers."
There are three key points which Linksys are focusing on:
- Partnership with Killer Networking to integrate the Killer Networking Prioritization engine into the router. Linksys claims that when a gaming laptop with Killer networking connects to the router, they can expect the peak ping to be reduced by up to 77 percent* due to the way the router will prioritize game related traffic.
- Firmware built specifically for low latency gaming on the WRT32X using the latest stable Linux kernel as the base.
- The inclusion of specifications typically employed in Linksys enterprise routers, such as 1.8 GHz dual-core ARM SoC, 802.11ac Wave 2 3x3, AC3200 (N600 + AC2600) speeds, 512 MB DDR3 RAM, 256 MB Flash storage, 5-port gigabit ethernet with TCAM.
Other specifications include a USB3.0 and a combo USB2.0/eSATA ports (supports FAT, NTFS, and HFS+ file systems), four external antennae, PPTP/IPSec VPN passthrough, and open source ready for OpenWRT.
The WRT32X is now available for pre-order on Amazon, BestBuy, and Linksys.com but will be available from multiple other computer and electronic stores after release on the 21st of September. The MSRP is US$300.
*Note: the 77 percent reduction claim comes from a test where ping was reduced from 74 ms to 17 ms when the Killer Prioritisation Engine was enabled on a 10 Mbps down / 2 Mbps up connection that has "multiple devices" consuming the bandwidth.