Razer’s latest concept is a 5G router for gamers that’s also a mobile hotspot
For Sila, a wireless router designed to deliver high-speed and reliable Wi-Fi efficiency for gaming, Razer jumped into the router market back in 2018. And now, at CES 2020, the company is showing off a prototype for that router’s 5 G variant, the Sila 5 G, which would rely on a 5 G wireless connection as your internet source rather than traditional cable.
Interestingly, unlike many other home routers, the Sila 5 G also features a rechargeable battery that allows it to double as a mobile hotspot— although a mobile hotspot that features four Ethernet ports and can run a small LAN tournament theoretically wherever you go.
Like the original Sila, the Sila 5 G also features the FastTrack technology from Razer, the company’s proprietary traffic management tool that analyzes and prioritizes certain traffic on the router automatically. There is also a dedicated “gaming mode.” Razer says users can also prioritize specific hardware (such as a console or gaming PC) or specific apps (or app categories) manually. Companion iOS and Android applications can be used to monitor the settings of the Sila 5 G, including building guest networks or adjusting preferences for networking.
The Sila 5 G depends on Qualcomm’s X55 modem on the hardware side of things to connect to 5 G networks (but sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies) and LTE. A Hawkeye IPQ8072A chipset, offering Wi-Fi 6 support, manages the Wi-Fi side of things. And of course, without Chroma lighting, it wouldn’t be a Razer product, which Razer says will be included as well.
Because it’s just a concept, no price or release date has yet been announced.