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

The bad neighbor policy of Rivet Networks

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Introduction

Rivet Networks is the manufacturer behind the well-known Killer network chips that promise a combination of dizzying speeds and intelligent and user-friendly software. We looked at how the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 works in practice.


Rivet Networks Killer Wireless-AC 1550

Even at Hardware.Info it is not a common to discuss WiFi chips for your laptop, but sometimes we see something that we'd like to pay more attention to. In this case we have the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 network adapter from Rivet Networks. This adapter, with M.2. form factor, is based on the 9260 chip from Intel. The latter is striking, because Rivet Networks has a clear link with another American chip giant, namely Qualcomm. In 2011, Qualcomm bought Bigfoot Networks, the company that was running the Killer line-up at the time. At the end of 2014, however, the roads separated again with the establishment of Rivet Networks, under whose flag the current Killer products are released.

Eventful history

Basically, the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 is just Intel's 9260 chip, but with some Killer adjustments, such that it can be used to prioritize gaming network traffic and transform your notebook into a wireless access point in no time at all. Another striking specification is the support for 160 MHz wide channels, with which you can theoretically pump more traffic through the air at the same time than ever before. The practical added value of this is doubtful, at least in the Netherlands. Why this is so will be discussed in more detail later on. 

The Killer Wireless-AC 1550 can be purchased separately for a price of about 30 pounds or dollars.


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