Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Review

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by Spartan, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Traffic shaping does come under QoS.
    I never had any issues with KCC v1.x whereas Killer Network Manager was garbage. KCC doesn't improve any speed but you can priority which packet or app or specific website is a top priority for download/stream/upload. I always felt uploading speeds to be very good when using KCC and felt it was giving consistent experience w/o affecting my browsing session on Windows.
     
  2. Killer_Networking

    Killer_Networking Company Representative

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    Yes, QoS is considered traffic shaping. No, most QoS solutions do not prioritize outgoing packets.

    Another big difference is that QoS has to be configured by the user for each application, IP, and/or port, to define which traffic is high priority. Even then, it will not change the ordering of the packets in the data stream. It will only prioritize by throttling low priority data when necessary. The Killer Control Center orders data packets of latency-sensitive data at all times, which results in faster responses from high priority streams even when you're not at the edge of your available bandwidth. In addition, you can change priority on-the-fly, and specify exactly which applications need lower latency without having to manually input this information into a router setup configuration. In most routers, automatic QoS without configuration options either does nothing when you are not near your bandwidth limit, or causes a universal slowdown.

    Honestly, the proof is in the pudding. I was skeptical when I first started working for the company. However, it was a pretty simple matter for me to test, and I saw no less than 10 ms less latency on my already low latency connection in World of Warships, WoW, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. With advanced stream detect on, my latency is about 30-40 ms, without my network being otherwise stressed or near my bandwidth limit. With advanced stream detect turned off, latency goes to about 50-60 ms. It works. If it didn't, I wouldn't bother answering threads like this.

    I have yet to see an issue with the Killer Control Center blocking anything Windows-related that wasn't due to using a very outdated version of the Killer Control Center with a relatively current version of Windows.

    -- Anthony with Killer Networking
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2019
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  3. macmyc

    macmyc Notebook Evangelist

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    Your Control Center is so good that i had to disable any service related to it because it was bottlenecking my internet, causing huge lag spikes on online games. Don't ******** us, we know what works best for our laptops and sadly Killer Control Center causes more issues than anything useful.
     
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  4. hacktrix2006

    hacktrix2006 Hold My Vodka, I going to kill my GPU

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    Right i am not defending anyone here, nor do i use KillerNetworks Control centre (Due to using Wireless on a VMSwitch so its pointless as it doesn't work with bridge connections), however you say its bottle necking the internet connection you have. You haven't once stated thus far as far as i can see what your ISP speed is, what your getting or even what your router is, or even if your using a Wired or Wireless connection

    Lag spikes can be cause by many things, other devices using the bandwidth (KNCC doesn't QoS anything other then the system its installed on), it could also be congestion on the ISP's network, packet loss, even if your using Wireless overlapped Wireless signals. Not forgetting i can be also compatibilty issues with the Wireless card and the mode/router your using.

    So really there is no reason to be rude, speak to their customer support supply them with the info they require you may never know they might fix the issue. I have used tech support with them many of times due to issues with the Killer Network 1535 drivers which improved over time.

    If you have other devices using the internet connection its always best to run QoS at routing level like i do know (The joys of OpenWRT on Linksys WRT hardware is a blessing).
     
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  5. macmyc

    macmyc Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't need to tell you what's my ISP, my speed and my router. I have already solved the issues by disabling their crap. It wasn't caused by other devices connected to the net or anything, it was only their faulty software.
    I call it crap because out of the box it never worked as intended, i'll tell you why real quick.

    I have multiple posts in this topic and my laptop's lounge thread (and also a thread where i tagged them and they ignored it), the last issue i had was huge lag spikes in online games. Guess what it was? Killer Bandwidth Control service (which i found in services.msc together with xTend and more useless services) that somehow got installed with their INF drivers. Oh no, it's clearly an user error and not them including bloatware even inside INF drivers only version.

    I had an issue with my Wifi card disappearing from the device manager when the laptop was put to sleep. I spent alot of time on trying to speak with MSI and them, they both blamed each other. Killer says MSI needs to update the BIOS but doesn't actually do anything else, i haven't seen them trying to get their attention on fixing this annoying bug, it should be in their best interests, MSI support is more incompetent than them and doesn't acknowledge an issue that was already present on GT73 series and solved with an update.
    Guess how did i solve this one? By using an ethernet cable! My ethernet card doesn't disappear but that Wireless card still acts funny causing memory dumps from time to time because two companies do not communicate on this issue even though their customers have already spoken openly about it with both sides.


    Also, you said you don't use the control center, that's why you probably had less issues than those with bloatware shipped on their laptops by MSI. Each time i had an issue i found out the solution by myself, they weren't helpful at all. Sorry if i seemed rude but i don't wanna put more time into this than i already have.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2019
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  6. FunkyLSD

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    Where can I find the driver for killer wireless ac 1550 windows 7x64?
     
  7. downloads

    downloads Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    There is none and there won't be. Only Win 10 driver is available for Intel 9260/Killer 1550.
     
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    maybe someone modified the inf file :)
     
  9. Killer_Networking

    Killer_Networking Company Representative

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    @downloads is correct. As the device was released after Windows 7 was no longer fully supported by Microsoft, there is no Windows 7 driver.
     
  10. Papusan

    Papusan JOKEBOOKs Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    Forced directly by Microsoft?
    Or is it because of the collaboration with Intel? As they also run the same policy. Aka forced by mentioned company.
    There is still a huge amount people running Win 7.
     
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