New tech could put an end to overcrowded public Wi-Fi hotspots
InternetByBen Zigtermanon Apr 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM Email @bzigterman Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google PlusShare on LinkedIn
Chipmaker Qualcomm announced on Thursday that it would support MU-MIMO (multi user-multiple-input multiple-output) in its upcoming network equipment and mobile chipsets, according to PC World. Simply put, this means that we will hopefully soon run into fewer overcrowded public Wi-Fi signals.
Right now, public Wi-Fi signals can easily be overwhelmed with hundreds of users and can lead to an extremely slow Internet connection or none at all. As PC World explains it, wireless access points “use short time slots to communicate with only one user at a time.” With MU-MIMO, access points will be able to communicate with multiple users at a time, potentially increasing speeds to 600 Mbps.
“In our case the network can talk to three clients at a time, so effectively it has a two to three times capacity improvement,” Todd Antes, vice president at Qualcomm Atheros, told PC World.
To take advantage of MU-MIMO, both the access point and the mobile device need to support the new technology. Right now, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor supports MU-MIMO, which is behind the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5. However, a software update is needed to activate MU-MIMO. Qualcomm will also support MU-MIMO in Snapdragon 805 processor.
Qualcomm competitor Quantenna also supports MU-MIMO, and its chip has made it into an Asus router already. The Wi-Fi Alliance will begin testing MU-MIMo later this year or early next year to ensure that MU-MIMO chips are interoperable with each other.Tags:Qualcomm, Wi-FiSource:PC World Previous ArticlePrevious1,928-page Google letter shows company really, really wants to trademark 'Glass'Next ArticleNextWhat might be 2014's best Android phone has leaked in new photos TrendingU.S. wireless carriers finally have something to fear: GoogleHTC One (M8) vs. Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5s: Guess which phone survives a 7-foot dropMost sophisticated Android malware yet has already infected millionsVideo: Microsoft shows how insanely fast you can type with new Windows Phone WordFlow techAmazon Fire TV teardown reveals a beastly set-top boxThis cool trick could have a huge impact on your Android phone’s battery lifeRelated ArticlesThe Boy Genius Report: Why Home Automation is Being DisruptedQualcomm has special new processors for your 4K TV and smart carBrainlike processors coming from Qualcomm next yearNew Qualcomm processor paves the way for 4K video on smartphonesQualcomm realizes insulting Apple isn't a good idea, says 64-bit A7 chip isn't a gimmick
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