Razer’s putting its green fingers into yet another gaming-related pie with the announcement of the Razer Sila, a gaming-focused wifi router. It’s claiming the Razer Sila is the fastest gaming grade wifi router on the planet, which sounds like a lofty claim indeed. It’s focused on high-performance gaming, streaming and downloading multimedia content across PC, console, and mobile.
“With the upsurge in mobile gaming, and with many homes unable to run a wired network to every room, fast and reliable WiFi is more important than ever,” said Razer. “The Razer Sila router is designed to deliver lag-free gaming and smooth, interruption-free streaming over a fast wireless network, meeting the needs of today’s mobile, console and laptop users.”
Razer Sila Specs
- Tri-Band AC3000
- IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 802.11n: up to 400 Mbps
- 802.11ac: up to 1734 Mbps + 866 Mbps
- WPA / WPA2-PSK
- 9 x internal industrial-grade antennas
- Razer FasTrack QoS Engine
- Multi-Channel Zero-Wait DFS
- Tri-Band mesh support with dedicated backhaul channel
- Multi-User MIMO & Beamforming technology
- Intelligent active steering
- Isolated guest network support
- Simplified app setup via Android or iOS
- 1 x Gigabit WAN port
- 3 x Gigabit LAN ports
- 1 x USB 2.0 port
- 1 x USB 3.0 port
While a wired router would undoubtedly be faster, for a lot of folks it’s impractical to wire up an untidy house. Wireless connections can be notoriously finicky though, as a buddy of mine often finds out while trying to play Rainbow Six Siege in a room four floors away from his router.
Trying to sell routers is a difficult prospect for all but the tech-obsessed though, and Razer resorts to throwing a fair whack of jargon at us in the hopes of impressing. The Razer Sila will feature Razer FasTrack, Multi-Channel ZeroWait DFS and Mesh capability. It utilises a proprietary QoS engine to prioritize traffic depending on the application and device type. For example, the Sila can automatically detect whether it’s a PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, or mobile phone, and then adapt the network accordingly. There’s also a one-touch gaming mode so all bandwidth can be automatically prioritised for gaming, restricting any other processes.
“We are constantly achieving new performance heights with our hardware and software,” notes Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “But high precision and low latency can be rendered useless if the WiFi drops. So we took the next step to develop a strong foundation for our ecosystem; with WiFi that just works no matter where you are.”
For gamers in particularly large locations, multiple Sila’s can be webbed together using the Mesh technology. Razer claims an area of 6,000 square feet can be served by two Sila routers or 6,000 square feet across multiple storeys can be achieved with three Razer Sila’s.
For most gamers, we should imagine you get along just well with your current route. However, if you do experience consistent bouts of lag, connection drops, and timeouts, then perhaps there’s value to be had in a product such as this. Like all things Razer, though, the Sila doesn’t come cheap. The Razer Sila is available from today, priced at $249/€299.