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Razer announces 'Portal by Razer,' a gaming-orientated router

The Portal by Razer uses the same design as the original Portal router. (Source: Razer)
The Portal by Razer uses the same design as the original Portal router. (Source: Razer)
Razer's partnership with Ignition Design Labs has led to the 'Portal by Razer,' a version of the Portal router with optimizations for gamers.

Razer is continuing their expansion into gaming related devices that are outside of their traditional portfolio of peripherals with the announcement of the ‘Portal by Razer’ router. The Portal router is a pre-existing product from Ignition Design Labs, which uses nine internal antennae, band steering, and mesh technology to provide a reliable signal around small apartments and large homes alike. Razer has seen this as the perfect platform for their involvement in improving WiFi gaming.

This partnership has allowed Razer to implement some software tweaks that as designed to improve performance and quality of service for gaming and gaming related activities. These tweaks act in conjunction with existing Portal features:

  • 5 GHz 4x4 802.11ac (AC2400) Wave-2 WiFi – including DFS channels due to using radar-sensing hardware, the only router capable of doing this.
  • 2.4 GHz 3x3 802.11n
  • Nine antennae
  • Band steering which switches between 2.4 / 5 GHz depending on which will give the best performance in each situation.
  • Multi-user MIMO
  • Beamforming for improved directional performance and range
  • 1 x WAN, 4 x 1000 Mbps LAN, 2 x USB2
  • Mesh networking with layer-2 routing. A single router can cover 3,000

The Portal by Razer is now available in some regions via the Razerstore, with worldwide availability coming in the first quarter of 2018. The MSRP is US$150 or EU€170 depending on the region.

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Craig Ward, 2017-12- 8 (Update: 2017-12- 8)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.