Bigfoot updates gaming NICs, practices blatant bandwidth favoritism

Sharif Sakr
S. Sakr|06.02.11

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Bigfoot updates gaming NICs, practices blatant bandwidth favoritism
You didn't shell out on a monster graphics card only to see your YouTube-worthy Black Ops killstreak interrupted by a network slowdown, did you? Well, Bigfoot's tried and tested solution to limited bandwidth is smarter network management -- delivered most recently by the "Advanced Stream Detect" technology in its Killer Wireless N adapters. ASD is meant to automatically classify traffic and prioritize gaming, video and audio streams that demand consistently high network performance. Now the company has annouced at Computex that it's extending this capability to its older standalone Killer 2100 NIC as well as the E2100 embedded NICs in gaming motherboards from MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte. Owners of any of these products can benefit from a "free and easy" software update via Bigfoot's website -- you'll find full instructions in the PR after the break. Go on, kill, kill, kill.

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Bigfoot Networks turbo-charges streaming HD video and audio performance on all Killer™ Networking Platforms
Advanced Stream Detect™ Now Available for Killer 2100 and E2100 Customers

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – May 30, 2011 – Today at Computex, Bigfoot Networks, the technology company behind the Killer™ line of high-performance networking products, announced that its exclusive Advanced Stream Detect™ technology is now available for all of its networking platforms including Killer E2100 embedded networking platforms, Killer 2100 add-in cards and the Killer Wireless-N family of wireless networking adapters.

Advanced Stream Detect now classifies all network traffic automatically and prioritizes streams which are particularly sensitive to network performance, such as HD video, online games, video and audio conferencing, voice chat and more. As a result of this unprecedented network intelligence, users can watch HD video while downloading large files, send instant messages and play games simultaneously, or navigate the Web while video conferencing without all of the pausing and stuttering associated with slower, less intelligent networking solutions. With a free and easy software update, owners of Killer 2100 network cards, as well as Killer E2100-based motherboards and expansion devices, can now take advantage of these ground-breaking networking features.

"The Killer E2100 networking platform is a unique technology and a fan favorite in our award-winning G1-Killer line of gaming motherboards," said Richard Chen, VP of worldwide sales and marketing at GIGABYTE. "Our customers tend to be PC DIY enthusiasts who demand the best performance for everything they do on their computers, whether it be online gaming, video streaming, voice conferencing or email. We're very pleased to see that the Bigfoot Networks' Killer E2100 networking platform now offers even more with the new Advanced Stream Detect update, allowing existing G1-Killer motherboard users to enjoy a better media streaming experience without having to pay for the additional features."

Advanced Stream Detect Features/Benefits:
- Intelligent, adaptive network analysis and management for all network traffic types.
- Automatic detection and prioritization of streams such as HD video, video chat and online games over other network traffic such as Web browsing, instant messaging and file downloads.
- Smooth, uninterrupted gaming, better online video and high-quality audio streams, even while performing other simultaneous online activities.
"Based on the amazing response we received to Advanced Stream Detect when we launched our Killer Wireless-N adapters, we knew we had to bring the same technology to the Killer 2100 and Killer E2100 platforms," said Michael Howse, CEO of Bigfoot Networks. "Some of today's most popular applications such as Skype®, YouTube®, Netflix® and, of course, online games are the most sensitive to latency and network contention. Previously, you had to run network-intensive programs one at a time to achieve top performance. With Advanced Stream Detect, you can run videoconferencing, stream music and video, play games, and even download huge files in the background without affecting your online experience."

Bigfoot Networks' Killer E2100 platform accelerates network performance on such industry-leading products as the ASUS ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard, ThunderBolt LAN/Audio Combo Module, and the GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboard line. To update current Killer 2100 and Killer E2100 products with Advanced Stream Detect, visit
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