Razer is entering the router market with a new product called Sila. Unlike most standard gaming routers on the market today, Razer says its Gaming Router SILA specializes in fast and reliable Wi-Fi. It also features mesh network capabilities, for those who cannot have an easy way to directly access their router via Ethernet.
This can be quite appealing to console gamers who keep their devices in living rooms or bedrooms and away from the main router. It’s also, as Razer points out in its press coverage, an advantage for mobile gamers who are increasingly playing complex and competitive titles like Epic’s Fortnite or Tencent’s Honor of Kings on phones and tablets.
However, we still don’t know how well Razer Sila works until we try. The company says the Gaming Router SILA uses a patented “intelligent traffic management” tool called Razer FasTrack, which allows the router to analyze traffic on the network and prioritize certain devices over others. “With built-in detection for PlayStation, Xbox and Switch consoles, users can easily set up their networks for the smoothest gaming or streaming experience,” the company said. “Razer FasTrack also has a one-touch gaming mode to automatically reserve bandwidth for online gaming.”
However, if you’re an avid console gamer who has had interrupted connections, timeouts, and other frustrating game elements on a wireless connection, the new Razer product could be a powerful solution, albeit expensive. The company says the router will be sold worldwide for $249.99 starting October 3rd. If you want to create a mesh network at home that Razer says can cover up to 6,000 square feet, you’ll need to purchase two units.