Qualcomm has announced new technology that will triple Wi-Fi speeds

Wi-Fi standards are constantly increasing the speed in which data is transmitted over networks and with the recently introduced plans of WiGig productsWi-Fi is going to be even faster with Qualcomm's latest announcement of their MU-Mimo (multi-user, multiple input, and multiple output) technology.

MU-Mimo is a breakthrough in wireless networking. The way Wi-Fi access points work now is comparable to a lunch line. People get served one at a time while the others wait. MU-Mimo, which has taken seven years to research and develop, allows data to be sent to multiple groups of users at the same time using algorithms that change to suit the situation. The company has stated that "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."

Qualcomm claims that when the network and its users are using MU-Mimo, that network speeds will increase two to three times. Although, devices without the technology will still see an improvement, but not as significant as those using MU-Mimo, as Todd Antes, the VP of Product Management at Qualcomm's Atheros unit, states.

Qualcomm plans to sell their MU-Mimo chips to manufacturers of wireless routers, access points, smartphones, tablets, and other electronics that use Wi-Fi. They also plan on showing off this new technology in a few months before they begin to ship to customers in early-Q1 of 2015.

Source: Qualcomm via CNN Money | Image via Qualcomm

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I normally don't see much difference in Ethernet vs. Wifi speeds on the same router -- provided I'm the one who installs the router, uh, and nobody is running a microwave near by. LOL.

The only time you should need a hard line is if you're far away from the router or there is unavoidable interference,... or security issues. If you do your research you should be able to get to the peak of your ISP's capabilities with wifi. Which means all other slow-downs are due to others on the network, or the other end of the connection. (Others on the network also means your neighbors that the cable company is forcing you to share with. This is how they advertise such high peak rates.)

Don't just put the router settings on Auto and expect it to blaze. Test each setting. Test your channels and test the location, and antennae placement too. Once you're satisfied make sure to ask your house members for feedback. Some settings might not work well for them. My first setup took me a week but it was worth it.

When wifi can handle a lot of user? Currently only around 35 user.
We need to be able to handle hundreds to thousands user.
Example for stadium, food courts, exhibithion, schools, and others.

35 users??? I live in a building where the landlord provides the internet. On one cable modem we have 2 routers, with 2 more piggy-backed onto those (So effectively 2 access points.) 32 residents*2 devices+15 "guests"=85+-. We rarely have a connection, or speed problem, and I happen to know there's A LOT of downloading going on. It's a 100mbps line. Speed tests average 25-70mbps down. Our up speed always sucks because Comcast throttles. Very annoying. But it doesn't seem to effect our download rates (usually around 1-2 megaBYTES ps (8*mbps) when well seeded.

I'd take a slower but more reliable connection over a faster one that keeps dropping any day.

#### wireless. I've gone Ethernet over power lines all over the house years ago and I haven't looked back.

Speed isn't the main benefit of a wireless connection. A wired connection will always be faster. It's convenience. You can't connect to the Internet on a mobile device (e.g. smartphone, tablet) with a wired connection. You may be able to use a USB ethernet adapter but that isn't convenient.

WiFi is a huge compromise, it isn't very good at all doing anything at all except that it is wireless.

That's a big plus for a lot of people, but fast WiFi? Please.

1Gbit WiFi isn't actually 1Gbit WiFi.

1Gbit Ethernet *is* actually 1Gbit Ethernet. If someone things WiFi is really fast and awesome with reasonable latency then that same person should try to hook up a simple Ethernet cable and stare in bewilderment that *this* is actually possible!

On a tangent, why can WiFi claim to have 1Gbps or 300Mbps when it has nothing of the sorts except perhaps if the WiFi radios are right up to each other in a controlled environment?

Whatever.

Well its 1gig maximum shared bandwidth, same as if (insert number of people using your AP) were all using the same Ethernet cable (think of a switch linked back to main switch via gig cable, with you and other using this switch).

Now you also have interference to content with, which is an environmental issue and changes in each environment, then we have signal blocking materials (walls etc.).

So the only constant is the maximum speed possible while testing, everything else that can slow speeds is different for everyone therefore should not be included in marketing or speed stats.

So iPad Air shipped with MIMO technology and what's qualcomm trying to insinuate that most of us already know it's two to three times faster unless there's something haven't announce yet?

MU-MIMO is using the multiple antennas of an AP to deliver data to different clients at the same time, MIMO is using multiple antennas to deliver more data to a single client.

Never reliable? I've been using a a Wi-Fi connection since 2007 and it has been very reliable for me. It's reliable enough for the majority of people with laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

Shadowzz said,
Just because it works for most people. Doesn't make it reliable.
Up to 60% packet loss in typical usage scenario's is reliable nowadays?
I never implied that it's reliable because a lot of people used it. I implied that because it's reliable, a lot of people use it. You're changing what I said to further your agenda and your attempt was unsuccessful. Give me evidence that current wireless adapters and routers have "up to 60% packet loss".

Are you using a $20 wifi router? I get <1% packet loss on the new Cisco Aironet APs, not to mention <5% loss on my Cisco consumer gear.

News is ok but the tech put into the routers is way out..and likely to make things very expensive to acquire them.

Martin Sundhaug said,
Is this different from 802.11AC MU-MiMo or is it a chip implementation thereof?

802.11ac is different than Mu-mimo.

Wikipedia lists MU-MIMO as a new technology in AC, but I guess MU-MIMO can be used without AC, I did not mean to imply that AC is just MU-MIMO as I know it to be more than that

Today, I'm announcing a new technology to increase WIFI signal: SCTTAP or Sit closer to the access point.

SCTTAP has been tested under rigorous situations and has proven successful in every trial. It uses a sophisticated set of parameters to figure out the optimal place to sit and requires very little effort. The tech world is abuzz over this paradigm shifting advancement that relies totally on existing hardware and infrastructure.

The secret to SCTTAP is to physically move closer to the AP. By moving physically closer, you decrease the gap between you and the source, in what some scientists claim is nothing short of a miracle.

Edward James Findlay, CTO and weekend blog comments moderator at Wireless Xtreme Insider Weekly agrees, "When I'm too far away from my wireless router, the signal is low and there's an extreme increase in latency and distortion. However by employing SCTTAP, I've cut those difference nearly in half!"

TheBrockman said,
I understand your sarcasm, but at that point shouldn't you just be wired? :p

Tried that, kept getting tied up in the wire. Laptop + Spinning Chair = DANG!!!!! just pulled the router off the shelf, and now I'm tied to my chair until help arrives, or I break this suspiciously strong cable...

Also, trying to explain to my boss why it would have been better to get a wireless.