Killer Wireless-AC 1550 review: users, lock your wifi!

The bad neighbor policy of Rivet Networks


Killer features

As we said, the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 is basically a 9260 Intel chip. The difference lies in the possibilities that the Killer drivers offer and they are certainly interesting enough to take a moment to think about.

Killer Control Center

If you as a user want to make full use of the possibilities that the Killer software offers, you cannot ignore the Killer Control Center. From the Control Center you can set up your network exactly as you like, for example by giving certain network traffic priority over other, less important traffic. You can also retrieve the necessary information about your network from it. For example, you can see which networks are active in your area, how fast your internet connection is and which prioritization and bandwidth restrictions have been set.

Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 Technology

Indicating that you want to give priority to, for example, network traffic that has to do with gaming is one thing, it must then also be executed. Killer products use a technique called advanced stream detect 2.0 technology by Rivet. In fact, this is a smart QoS (quality of service) engine that does nothing but recognize and label the data traffic from specific websites as important or less important, in other words: prioritizing. For example, you must have a reliable connection with as little lag as possible and get buffering, when you are playing games or streaming video, for example. 

Killer Wireless xTend

With the Killer Wireless xTend feature you can turn your (gaming) laptop with a Wireless-AC 1550 into an extra access point. Using this feature involves little more than connecting your laptop to the internet and enabling the xTend function in the Killer Control Center. Then the credentials of your network are automatically cloned and your clients can wirelessly connect to the new access point. 

DoubleShot Pro

Finally, Double Shot Pro is worth mentioning. This allows systems that have both Killer wireless and Killer ethernet to use a wired and wifi connection at the same time. There are two thoughts behind this. In the first place this offers the possibility to achieve higher speeds, in theory up to a very theoretical 2700 Mbit/s: the 1700 Mbit/s of the Wireless-AC combined with the 1000 Mbit/s of an Ethernet connection. If you are not going to reach these speeds in practice, you can expect a significant speed increase. The combination of wifi and Ethernet is also excellent for separating important data traffic from less important traffic. 

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