Say Goodbye to Slow Wi-Fi

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Buckle up, Wi-Fi speeds are about to triple. That’s the latest word from Qualcomm.

The company claims that new router technology, the result of seven years of research, will allow networks to communicate with more than one computer at a time. Dubbed MU-MIMO, short for multi-user, multiple input, multiple output, the technology is expected to boost Wi-Fi speeds in homes, offices and public networks by up to three times, CNN Money says.

“Using MU-MIMO is like using the carpool lane: The Wi-Fi highway doesn’t change, but grouping up with other users lets you go much faster while de-congesting the other lanes,” the company said.

There is a catch. To reap the full benefits of the new technology, there must be compatible devices on both ends of the Wi-Fi network. So both the network and its users have to utilize the technology.

According to IGN.com, “Qualcomm says the tech is already supported for Snapdragon 805 and 801 mobile processors, but the company will begin selling MU-MIMO chips to router, smartphone, tablet, automotive, and smart TV manufacturers later this year.”

Other devices on MU-MIMO networks that don’t utilize the technology will likely gain some benefit, but not the tripling of Wi-Fi speeds.

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  • ManoaHi

    The bottleneck is the single line to your ISP. It is not like an express lane, it’s more like a tollbooth with more lanes or more lanes of auto sensors. That won’t change the traffic jam that exists ahead. I’ve never experienced slow WiFi at home due to slow speed of WiFi, mainly because it is not slow. The slow part is the cable to my ISP or it is at the ISP side. The catch is that the other side of the router/modem infrastructure needs to be improved at a lower cost.

    I lived in a Japan where I had fibre to my ISP, it was stunning. Now if you live in an area where you can get fiber, like FiOS then this might help, but if you don’t and you have a 10Mb line, So, if you have multiple device trying to stream at 50Mb+ (realize that is 802.11g) G, not N not even dualband and certainly not AC. So try to get, say 10 50Mb devices tryring to get to the 10Mb pipe. Um, pretty obvious where the problem lies? Even if you have 200Mb lines to your provider, 10x50Mb is still above that. If you can afford 1Gb lines to your ISP, then I don’t think you’ll have any problems.