In today’s world, it’s a surprise not to find a Wi-Fi spot somewhere, in a café, a park even, a bus or downright in the middle of the street. If you need to get online fast, these Wi – Fi spots are the best invention we could benefit from. But what happens in those crowded spaces where everybody uses the same Wi – Fi signals, overcrowding the spot and getting poor and slow Internet access? How can one such signal satisfy hundreds of users in the same time? This is a question that preoccupied the tech world enough to make it come up with an answer. And that answer is MU-MIMO: multi user-multiple-input multiple-output system.
Did you hear about MU – MIMO before? If you are tech savvy enough and you keep yourself updated regularly to the news in the industry, then you know such technology is already being provided by chipmaker Quantenna, which, so far, provided Asus routers with MU – MIMO technology support. What does this do exactly? According to specialists, who can explain this in a simple manner,
“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.”
The news is that recently, Qualcomm intends to solve the problem of overcrowded public Wi – Fi Spots by adding the MU – MIMO technology to its upcoming mobile chipsets and networking equipment. However, it is clear that in order for us to use the full potential of the MU – MIMO technology, the mobile device and the access point have to be match. Therefore, you are in luck if you use a Snapdragon 801 powered mobile device, and if you don’t use this particular chipset, then an upgrade is necessary to activate the MU – MIMO. Those of you expecting the new wave of gadgets that are promised later on this year, powered by Snapdragon 805 processors, will have the MU – MIMO technology at the tip of their fingers.
According to the news, The Wi-Fi Alliance will begin testing on the MU – MIMO technology in order to make sure the chips are compatible and interoperable with one another.