WiFi Gaming Card Released

Bigfoot Killer WiFi Gaming CardBigfoot Networks are known for their gaming networking kit and today they have announced their latest piece of kit – the Killer Wireless-N Laptop Network Adaptor. Normally we focus on mobile wireless networking and configuring your static network, at home and in the business environment. However, wireless networks are becoming much more common with many homes having several computers on a wireless network. Often these are used for gaming so kit like that which Bigfoot is known for is becoming more popular.

So, what does this ‘killer’ piece of kit have to offer? Bigfoot claims that the Wireless-N offers transfer speeds up to five times faster than those of standard WiFi adaptors. It’s claim is that this will give any gamer using it’s kit an advantage over other players by reducing lag and latency.

To achieve it’s performance, the card uses some clever 802.11n technologies that Bigfoot have developed in-house. The card also comes with the same software that Bigfoot ships with existing networking kit for desktops.

Whether all this adds up to something to write home about is another question. In the past Bigfoot’s claims have come under some criticism for not being backed up by real-world experience. Let us know if you take the plunge and share your experience of putting Bigfoot’s claims to the test.

Features:

• Cutting-Edge 11n Performance – Advanced, dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) adapter supports IEEE standards-based 802.11a/b/g/n. Killer Wireless-N 1102 enables PHY rates up to 300 Mbps over 2 stream MIMO and offers up to 5x better latency than the competition.1

• Advanced Stream Detect – Automatically classifies and prioritizes online games, HD video and high quality audio for better quality and fewer interruptions in your online experience.

• Visual Bandwidth Control – See which applications are hogging bandwidth and tune performance for each, so they don’t interfere with your online gameplay or multimedia applications. Download files or watch a video or browse the web simultaneously – it’s all possible now with Visual Bandwidth Control.

• PC Monitor – Monitor and manage the health and performance of your wireless notebook PC with graphical displays, detailed logging and an intuitive user interface.

Note: There are two versions of the card, the 1102 and the 1103.

The Future of Wi-Fi

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Wi-Fi is growing in popularity, according to the WiFi Alliance (but then it would say that, wouldn’t it!). However, it appears to be the case, with increasing numbers of smartphones coming with built-in Wi-Fi and one only has to think of the iPad and the iPhone sales numbers to realise that there is a growing number of wireless devices out there.

So, what can we expect from our wi-fi in the future? Well, 802.11n is becoming more ubiquitous and now the Wi-Fi industry has its sights set on increasing Wi-Fi throughput and range, with upcoming certification programs for Wi-Fi in the 60 GHz frequency band and with Very High Throughput (VHT) Wi-Fi in 5 GHz.

There is also the introduction of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct™, a certification program for device-to-device communication without a wireless network or access point. This may well see the death of bluetooth.

Certainly, the rapid growth in wireless devices (device shipments expected to reach two billion by 2015 )  means we all need to think  more about security and avoid using unsecured networks whenever possible. It’s thought that some 400, 000 of the 3.5 million hotspots around the world are unsecured and vulnerable to hacking, so beware.

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AT&T makes huge investment in wireless networks

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MINNEAPOLIS, Sept 09, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — In just the first six months of this year, AT&T invested nearly $40 million in its wireless network to continue improving customer service in Minnesota.

AT&T is the world’s largest communication company in terms of revenue ($123 billion in 2009). They provide services to 85m customers in the USA and have a presence in virtually every country in the world (220 currently). In terms of WiFi they provide over 125,000 WiFi hotspots around the world. They even provide the wireless networking services on 140 cruise ships!

The fact this sizable investment was just in the US State of Minnesota shows just how much money the company is investing in wireless networks. This can only be a good thing.

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