Killer Network Interface Card Models M1 / K1 User`s Guide

Killer Network Interface Card Models M1 / K1 User`s Guide
Killer Network Interface Card
Models M1 / K1
User’s Guide
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Quick Info:
The Killer NIC installs several pieces of software to help configure and maintain your Killer
NIC.
1.) KillerTray.exe - a system tray ICON and program that is vital to keeping your Killer up
to date.
2.) Right-click the tray icon to access your Killer NIC’s features.
a. Checks for updates automatically (no need to click).
b. Click on Killer Config to run the full config program
c. Click on LLR Game Mode or LLR App Mode to change the state of LLR.
d. Click any of the installed Flexible Network Applications (FNApps) you have
installed, such as FNA Torrent or FNA Firewall.
3.) KillerConfig.exe – a Configuration program accessible from the Start Menu (under
Bigfoot Networks) or via the KillerTray.exe. This program allows the user to set various
options (including some very advanced configuration options) that are all explained in
detail later in this document.
4.) PortManager.exe – this is a background program that does NOTHING except handle
FNA Port requests. It’s cpu utilization will be 0% except when you first start an FNApp
where it will be 1% or less.
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What is the difference between LLR Game Mode and
App Mode?:
LLR stands for Lag and Latency Reduction. When LLR is configured to run in App Mode, your
Killer is functioning as an optimized, but normal, NIC. App Mode is a ‘fail-safe’ mode that
should only be used to run / troubleshoot any application compatibility that may occur,
particularly with network-stack integrated programs such as VPN clients.
When LLR is configured to run in Game Mode, your NIC is optimized for gaming! LLR Game
Mode, enables features such as MaxFPS™ and UltimatePing™.
Note: Other network adapters will not function properly with LLR Game Mode. It is
recommended that you disable all other network adapters if you wish to use LLR Game Mode.
KillerConfig.exe “Normal Mode”
The KillerConfig.exe program allows the user to change tons of settings on The Killer NIC.
KillerConfig.exe has 2 modes: normal and advanced. It is recommended that users only use the
Normal Mode unless they are extremely computer and network savvy.
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Note: The ‘defaults’ button will reset the Killer NIC Control Panel to factory defaults.
The following is a screenshot of “Normal Mode” (and then an explanation of every setting):
Link Speed:
Auto=auto-negotiates the fastest speed on the link. This is the recommended setting.
1000=REQUIRES the link to support Gigabit or the NIC won’t work (e.g. forces
gigabit).
100=REQUIRES the link to support 100Megabit or the NIC won’t work (e.g. forces
100Megabit).
10=REQUIRES the link to support 10Megabit or the NIC won’t work (e.g. forces
10Megabit).
Link Duplex: This setting only matters if 1000, 100, or 10 is selected above.
Full Duplex=Forces the link to Full Duplex only (e.g. the Ethernet cable is DEDICATED
and TX and RX are not shared: and TX can happen at the same time as RX).
Half-Duplex=Forces the link to Half Duplex only (the TX and RX cannot happen at the
same time, and the signal may be shared).
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LED Control:
Blink=the normal custom heartbeat pattern that varies based on network speed.
Steady=the LEDs on the card are on all the time.
Off=the LEDs on the card are turned off.
GameFirst:
Enabled=turns on Gaming Packet Prioritization for both inbound and outbound game
traffic.
Disabled=turns off packet prioritization.
Receive Buffers: Amount of Receive buffers (and memory footprint) in excess of normal to add
to focus more on networking performance. (Normal+1% is default and has been optimized for
good overall performance/memory footprint balance).
Transmit Buffers: Amount of Transmit buffers (and memory footprint) in excess of normal to
focus more on networking performance. (Normal+1% is default and has been optimized for
good overall performance/memory footprint balance)
Coalesce Buffers: Amount of Coalesce buffers (and memory footprint) in excess of normal to
add to focus more on networking performance. (Normal+1% is default and has been optimized
for good overall performance/memory footprint balance)
Ping Throttle: Allows users to handicap their ping: increasing the latency by the indicated
amount. DEFAULT(normal is 0)::: WARNING: increasing the ping of the Killer WILL
decrease network performance (in some online games, increasing the ping using this setting has a
bigger effect than intended: the user should ‘tweak’ their ping control for in-game ping desired.
LLR Game Mode / App Mode:
LLR stands for Lag and Latency Reduction. When LLR is configured to run in App Mode, your
Killer is functioning as an optimized, but normal, NIC. App Mode is a ‘fail-safe’ mode that
should only be used to run / troubleshoot any application compatibility that may occur,
particularly with network-stack integrated programs such as VPN clients.
When LLR is configured to run in Game Mode, your NIC is optimized for gaming! LLR Game
Mode, enables features such as MaxFPS™ and UltimatePing™.
Note: Other network adapters will not function properly with LLR Game Mode. It is
recommended that you disable all other network adapters if you wish to use LLR Game Mode.
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Interface Mode: (default: normal) changes from normal to advanced, and back again.
KillerConfig.exe “Advanced Mode”
The KillerConfig.exe program allows users to alter the settings on The Killer NIC.
KillerConfig.exe has 2 modes: normal and advanced. It is recommended that users only use the
Normal Mode unless they possess advanced expertise of operating systems and networking
The following is a screenshot of Advanced Mode Main Page (and then an explanation of every
setting):
MAIN TAB
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Link Speed:
Auto=auto-picks the fastest speed on the link. This is the recommended setting.
1000=REQUIRES the link to support Gigabit or the NIC won’t work (e.g. forces
gigabit).
100=REQUIRES the link to support 100Megabit or the NIC won’t work (e.g. forces
100Megabit).
10=REQUIRES the link to support 10Megabit or the NIC won’t work (e.g. forces
10Megabit).
Promiscuous Mode:
Disabled = Ethernet packet filters on, device operates normally. (Default)
Enabled = Ethernet packet filters OFF: device receives from all MAC addresses.
Note: For security reasons the Promiscuous Mode setting will be disabled after a reboot.
You will need to Enable it again each time you wish to use it.
Link Duplex: This setting only matters if 1000, 100, or 10 is selected above.
Full Duplex=Forces the link to Full Duplex only (e.g. the Ethernet cable is DEDICATED
and TX and RX are not shared: and TX can happen at the same time as RX).
Half-Duplex=Forces the link to Half Duplex only (the TX and RX cannot happen at the
same time, and the signal may be shared).
LED Control: LED Control:
Blink=the normal custom heartbeat pattern that varies based on network speed.
Steady=the LEDs on the card are on all the time.
Off=the LEDs on the card are turned off.
GameFirst:
Enabled=turns on Gaming Packet Prioritization for both inbound and outbound game
traffic.
Disabled=turns off packet prioritization.
1k Coalesce Buffers: Absolute number of 1k coalesce buffers available for use when number of
host buffers exceeds the NIC or UDP limit.
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Ping Throttle: Allows user to INCREASE {or handicap) their ping: INCREASING THE
LATENCY by the indicated amount. DEFAULT(normal is 0)::: WARNING: increasing the
ping of the Killer WILL decrease network performance (in some online games, increasing the
ping using this setting has a bigger effect than intended: the user should ‘tweak’ their ping
control for in-game ping desired.
LLR Game Mode / App Mode:
LLR stands for Lag and Latency Reduction. When LLR is configured to run in App Mode, your
Killer is functioning as an optimized, but normal, NIC. App Mode is a ‘fail-safe’ mode that
should only be used to run / troubleshoot any application compatibility that may occur,
particularly with network-stack integrated programs such as VPN clients.
When LLR is configured to run in Game Mode, your NIC is optimized for gaming! LLR Game
Mode, enables features such as MaxFPS™ and UltimatePing™.
Note: Other network adapters will not function properly with LLR Game Mode. It is
recommended that you disable all other network adapters if you wish to use LLR Game Mode.
Interface Mode: (default: normal) changes from normal to advanced, and back again.
NIC TAB
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Pool Buffers to Allocate: Absolute number of Pool buffers given to Killer to be used when a
packet is received from the wire in NIC mode (e.g. a non-UDP packet).
RX Completion Descriptors: Absolute number of RX Descriptors given to Killer to be used
when a packet is received from the wire in NIC mode (e.g. a non-UDP packet).
TX Completion Descriptors: Absolute number of TX Descriptors given to Killer to be used
when a packet is received from the wire in NIC mode (e.g. a non-UDP packet).
TX Completion Low Water Mark: NOT USED.
Max Frags for Coalesce: NIC MODE (non-UDP packets) When packets are TX from host: sets
the maximum number of fragments allowed to be passed to Killer per packet. (when number of
fragments is bigger than this number: Killer Driver will coalesce (copy) all the frags to a buffer
of the appropriate size.
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LLR TAB
RX Completion Descriptors: Absolute number of RX Descriptors given to Killer to be used
when a packet is received from the wire in LLR mode (e.g. for UDP packets).
TX Descriptors: Absolute number of TX Descriptors given to Killer to be used when a packet is
to be sent on the wire in LLR mode (e.g. for UDP packets).
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Max Frags for Coalesce: LLR Mode (UDP packets) When packets are TX from host: sets the
maximum number of fragments allowed to be passed to Killer per packet. (when number of
fragments is bigger than this number: Killer Driver will coalesce (copy) all the frags to a buffer
of the appropriate size.
Optimal LLR Pipes: Maximum number of networks sockets that can be open simultaneously
without SEVERE performance degradation.
Number of Proactive 64K buffers: Number of Proactive 64K buffers for use in Receive
processing: increase when network application is sending lots of large UDP datagrams (not
needed for gaming/normal use).
Other Information/Troubleshooting
Support URL; http://www.killernic.com/support/
Support Forums: http://www.killernic.com/forums/
How to get support:
Bigfoot Networks technical support is available via our forums, live chat, inbound phone
channels and self help tools. It is recommend users check these locations for answers, as Bigfoot
will always keep answers to the most common questions updated here.
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Tickets submitted to http://www.killernic.com/support are answered between the hours of
10:00AM – 7:00PM (central time zone) Monday through Friday, and 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(central time zone) Saturday and Sunday.
Live Chat is also available between the hours of 10:00AM – 7:00PM (central time zone),
Monday through Friday, and 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM (central time zone) Saturday and Sunday.
Click on the “Live Chat” icon (shown below) found at http://www.killernic.com/support
Phone Support can be reached by dialing (512) 879-4181, option 1 and is available between the
hours of 10:00AM – 7:00PM (central time zone), Monday through Friday, and 12:00PM –
6:00PM (central time zone) Saturday and Sunday.
COMMON TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS AND HINTS
CANNOT CONNECT TO INTERNET: If you cannot connect to the internet, try disabling
LLR by right-clicking on the system tray icon and seleting LLR Enabled (if it says LLR
Disabled, no need to click). If this does not work, remove Killer from your system and reinstall
your old NIC and contact customer support.
OTHER NETWORK CARDS DO NOT WORK: If you wish to use 2 network cards, you
MUST Disable LLR (using the Killer Tray or Killer Config Tool). When LLR is enabled, it is
recommended that the other NICs in the system be disabled.
KILLER DRIVER PROBLEMS: If you are having problems with the Killer Drivers, ensure
you are running Windows XP 32-bit (When 64-bit drivers are ready, they may be found in the
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‘downloads’ section of http://www.killernic.com/support/ ) Windows 2000 is not supported.
Then try to reinstall the Killer Drivers using the installation CD-ROM, or if you have previously
downloaded any Killer Updates, they are in C:\Windows\Bigfoot run the latest KillerSetup.exe
(sort by last modified to find the latest KillerSetup).
KILLER LED’S NOT BLINKING, NO KILLER DETECTED BY OPERATING
SYSTEM: Power off the PC and reseat the card. Ensure that the Killer NIC is firmly
seated into the PCI slot, and securely fastened to the PC case. If you need to try another
PCI slot, you MUST re-run the Killer NIC Installer found on your installation CD.
KILLER NOT DETECTED: Try reinstalling the Killer Drivers using the latest drivers,
available at www.killernic.com/support
BfLLR.dll : this file is used to install a Layered Service Provider (LSP) into the windows
network stack to provide Network Stack bypass. Some virus scanners or spyware blockers may
detect this file as dangerous because it is ‘hooking’ in to the network stack (and has access to all
packets sent and received). This is normal, and BfLLR.dll should NOT be removed. If there is
additional concerns, Disable LLR and verify that the BfLLR.dll is no longer loaded (however the
device cannot operate in LLR mode without this LSP hook).
UPGRADE NOTIFICATIONS: Running the system tray will help keep your Killer NIC up to
date. Occasionally Bigfoot Networks will release new firmware and driver upgrades, at which
times, you will be asked to upgrade (yes/no). If you choose no, you will get another warning at
next startup. To remove notification: remove the KillerTray.exe from the StartMenu->Startup
folder (this is not recommended).
FIRMWARE OUT OF SYNCH: If a firmware warning is ever shown, indicating that your
firmware does not match your card: verify you have a Killer installed (you may have removed
it), and if it is installed and blinking, it is recommended that you click YES and allow Killer’s
flash to be re-synchronized to the current driver. Removing KillerTray.exe from the StartMenu>Startup folder will remove these warnings.
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