By | December 27, 2023
PrismXR Puppis S1 Wireless VR Extender Review --- Enables PCVR for Meta Quest 2 and 3

Whether you have a Quest 2, a shiny new Quest 3, or an HTC Vive with the wireless add-on, the power of your wireless router has a lot to do with the smoothness of your VR experience. Whether it’s multiplayer with friends or streaming with PCVR, a strong connection is a must because stuttering and framerate issues await you if you don’t. Unless you happen to have a shiny new Wi-Fi 6E router, you have another option. It has a funny name, and you might never have heard of it before, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the thing to solve the problem of a stable connection between your Wi-Fi enabled VR headset and any content. on your PC. Let’s take a closer look at the PrixmXR Puppis S1. First, let’s talk about the name.

Unless you’re an astrology nut, you might not know that Puppis is the legendary vehicle of Jason, son of King Aeson of Iolcus, when he set out on his legendary adventures. With his Argonaut brothers, he retrieved the Golden Fleece, completed the impossible tasks, and sailed his legendary adventures on his ship, the Argo. It is one of three constellations in the southern sky, made up of Carina, Vela, and of course Puppis (the one that looks like a dog!), to make up the larger constellation, Argo Navis.

Pulling it out of the box, it will match your overall aesthetic, or at least if you own a PlayStation 5. A small white box with black vents, the connection is about as simple as it gets – an included USB-C to a USB-A – cable with double heads. On top of the device’s wedge is a single button with a stylized triangle on it. On the front there are three lights – blue, red and white. For the next part, you need the PrismXR app.

The included card has a QR code, or you can pick it up from either storefront, but either way you need to grab the PrixmXR app. After registration, click “Add a device” – Puppis S1 is probably already selected.

Pressing the top button immediately locked the device and added it to the app after pressing the Add button. If you dig further into the settings, you will find a huge amount of options. Put it this way – as someone who spent decades as a network engineer, I was amazed at the depth of the list. Sure, you can tweak DNS, subnets, rename SSIDs, and more, but honestly, you don’t need to. Once you’ve set a password, you’re off to the races.

Using the recently released Steam Link app for Quest 3, I launched game after game. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, Half-Life Alyx, Pistol Whip, Synth Riders, Microsoft Flight Simulator and more. While I can’t say Pistol Whip wanted to cooperate (it loaded, but in some odd window), it has more to do with the app than anything else. What I found was that every one of them ran flawlessly. Half-Life: Alyx looked gorgeous, never dropping a frame and benefiting from Quest 3’s new gorgeous lenses. Synth Rider was smooth, and I played on Expert without missing a beat. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners had all the upgrades (well beyond even the upgrades on the Quest 3 version), the upgraded resolution and once again a completely smooth experience, or at least when I figured out how to get past the button prompt to launch the game – again, anything to do with the app, not Puppis.

Using the app, my wife was able to monitor the up and down speeds, and apart from a bump up to 14.27Kbps, most of the games were pushing around 1200Kbps, which honestly had to be a mistake. Certainly smooth VR at 90fps refresh requires more speed than that. Obviously, you can’t trust the numbers you see in the app, so don’t stress about it.

Using more traditional meters, I found that Puppi’s S1 runs on the 5G channel, hovers between channels 36 and 64, and then jumps to the DFS channels of 100-140 or 149-165. There’s no way to manually select the channel that I can find, but it seems to constantly scan the 5G spectrum for channels that aren’t congested and jump to them seamlessly to avoid congestion. I also found that the drive pushed between 2200 and 2400MB/s with around 20-25ms of lag – more than enough for any game, and fast enough to handle the fastest of them without issue.

Digging into the specs of the device, the Puppis S1 runs 802.11AX WiFi 6, which can throw 1s and 0s at a whopping 3000MB/s. I’m not going to explain Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (or QAM) but suffice it to say that this device supporting 1024 QAM means it has a granularity of channel selection and binding that it’s almost impossible to get stuck on a busy channel. The specs also recommend playing within 26 feet of the device and without obstructions, which is in line with my experience. I was using the unit with my computer at one end of the living room, and my arm-waving madness was at the other end – about 15 feet away. I don’t have 26 feet of unobstructed space in my house to test longer distances, but if it will work here, it will work almost anywhere you can put it, as long as you focus on that word “unobstructed”.

A quick confirmation test on my Quest 2 showed the same behavior and results. My HTC Vive’s wireless add-on is an older one, and the throughput was about 25% slower, but just as much, more than enough to keep things running. I was impressed by the fact that this device was able to provide a working wireless bridge solution despite the age of the older HMD hardware – a testament to a well-built device.

The price of the Puppis S1 is surprisingly reasonable – just $79.99 at the time of writing. The only downside I could find is that any mention of warranty is frankly a bit murky. I searched the entire site and couldn’t find anything beyond a 30-day option to return the device if you’re not happy with it, but nothing about a warranty of any kind. I would imagine it will either be 90 days or a year, but that’s what I’d like to see in writing.

Simply put, a 1:1 device dedicated to ensuring your wireless VR experience is smooth and trouble-free is the key to making the Quest 2 and 3 viable for PCVR. Not all games are coming out for the Meta platform, and this solves that problem immediately. The PrismXR Puppis S1 handled everything I could throw at it with ease, never dropping a frame, and ultimately that’s exactly what I need out of it. If you’re tired of struggling with dropped connections, save yourself the headache – this is the device you need to solve that problem once and for all.

Ron Burke is the editor-in-chief of Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old fashioned gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and recently started playing tabletop games.

Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, holding a Master’s rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He has also ranked in several other styles in his quest to become a well trained fighter.

Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 27 years. They have three dogs – Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

With a single button setting, and it-just-works level of ease of use, the PrismXR Puppis S1 provides the seamless wireless connection we’ve all been waiting for. If you want to play the vast world of PCVR, but you only own a Quest 2 or 3, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. If only we could sort out that warranty issue…

– Ron Burke

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