Qualcomm Incorporated, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies Inc., has launched a new family of tri-radio 802.11ac platforms at COMPUTEX 2016. This is designed to boost the capacity of home networks and optimize its usage to deliver better consumer Wi-Fi experiences.
It provides Wi-Fi features such as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON (Self-Organizing Networks) technology into a new class of mainstream routers and smart repeaters, which will assist to quicken the adoption of technologies that simplify seamless connectivity.
Commenting on the new product, Gopi Sirineni, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc said, “As people rely on their home network to support more devices accessing the internet and streaming media, Wi-Fi is being stretched to the limit. We are changing the game with features designed to deliver the best possible Wi-Fi experiences and now, uniquely, we are driving those technologies into more cost-effective products to extend the benefits to a wider swath of consumers.”
Qualcomm Technologies’ new three radio solutions couple two 5GHz radios and a 2.4GHz radio, providing better flexibility in the way routers or repeaters use wireless spectrum and capacity, thus enhancing connectivity in various network configurations.
According to the company, using a mix of Wi-Fi technologies, the router can dedicate a radio for legacy devices, alleviating network congestion and make robust bandwidth for newer 802.11ac devices. Moreover, in a distributed networks, the third radio can provide a dedicated link to range extenders or help extend the range of mesh nodes.
According to the company, Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON technology makes the installation of home networks simpler, secure and optimized. Its self-configuring features make onboarding and configuring new devices, including Bluetooth devices, on a Wi-Fi network much easier. It also has self-managing features, enabling automatic shift of traffic between bands and radios depending on real-time conditions. Wi-Fi SON now supports Qualcomm Technologies’ HomePlug AV2 powerline solutions, which allows for seamless roaming between a home’s wireless and wired networks.
“Staying in front of innovation is a priority for us at Amped Wireless,” said Jason Owen, chief executive officer, Amped Wireless. “We have been thrilled to work with Qualcomm Technologies for the past few years to bring many, long range, high power, whole-home Wi-Fi solutions to our customers. We continue to blaze the trail with them and can’t wait for our next big announcements.”
“As more and more devices connect to a home Wi-Fi network, it is critical to ensure consumers enjoy a seamless and joyful Wi-Fi experience,” said Tenlong Deng, vice president of networking and wireless devices business unit, Asustek Compter Inc.
“Tri-radio technology in conjunction with MU-MIMO is becoming more important for a seamless home Wi-Fi experience. In today’s connected home, there are more devices simultaneously connecting to Wi-Fi and consuming massive amounts of bandwidth driven by video streaming and online gaming,” said Justin Doucette, senior director of product management, Linksys.
“At TP-LINK, in-home Wi-Fi continues to be a top priority for us and for our customers,” said Andy Chen, vice president of oversea networking business unit, TP-LINK. “With 802.11ac Wave 2 enabled devices and cutting edge features such as Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON, we are able to bring virtually uninterrupted connectivity to consumers who rely on our products to connect their devices at home.”
This new family of tri-radio 802.11ac platforms is out for customers now.