We have reviewed several Bigfoot networking products in the past and have found them to be a big step up for enthusiast users when compared against the native onboard solutions. Today we are looking at the new Killer Wireless N 1102 which is geared from the ground up for streaming media and online gaming.
Bigfoot Networks is releasing two versions of the new hardware, in the shape of the Killer Wireless-N 1103 and N 1102. The N 1103 adapter enables data rates up to 450 Mbps via 3 stream MIMO. The N 1102 adapter provides data rates up to 300 MBps via 2 stream MIMO.
Additionally, the new hardware has an intelligence system which can identify and prioritise latency sensitive traffic with ‘Advanced Stream Detect’ (this terminology is trademarked by the company). Bigfoot claim that this offers unmatched online performance for gaming, high quality audio and streaming HD video content. The benefits are said to carry over into social networking and business environments, such as when chatting with colleagues and friends during video conferencing.
Bigfoot also offer a Control system, called ‘Visual Bandwidth Control’ which enables the end user to see which applications are demanding a lot of network connection time. This means that specific bandwidth can be allocated to each process or application, therefore minimising any crossover drain when playing games.
Finally there is an exclusive Online Gaming PC Monitor which allows the user to monitor and manage wireless notebook health and performance with graphical displays and detailed logging via a proprietary user interface.
KILLER Wireless-N 1102 Specifications
Exclusive Hardware Features
Signal-Sustain Technology for improved rate-over-range
Low Density Parity Check
Maximum Likelihood Detection (MLD)
Windows 7 32 and 64-bit
Control Panel Application and Tray Indicator
Advanced Stream Detect™
Visual Bandwidth Control™
– With Application Blocker