The world of technology has brought us many hidden surprises. With new technological advancements in areas such as IoT (internet of things), the broadband swiftness is more essential now than ever. We are beginning to enter into times where faster internet is not just desired, but it is actually required.
Samsung has taken a big leap in this space and is developing an extremely fast Wi-Fi technology that will offer 5 times faster speeds than today’s Wi-Fi networks. The new 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology can turbo-charge network speeds five folds, from the maximum speed of 866 Mbps offered today to a whopping 4.6 Gbps. Imagine a superfast Wi-Fi speed which will make downloading a movie file possible at the blink of an eye.
Wondering what’s the secret behind this? Samsung claims it is adopting the futuristic 801.11ad standards and jumping to the 60 GHz frequency band. Currently the real application of 60 GHz band is limited to very short ranges, primarily in “WiGig” accessories due to its limitations related to penetrating of walls. Although these technologies are not new but very less has been done about it in the past.
The head of Samsung’s DMC R&D center stated that they have been successful in overcoming the barriers associated with the commercialization of 60GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology. In its press release Samsung confirmed that they have overcome the technological hindrances by developing wide coverage beam antenna to improve 60 GHz signal performance. This advanced technology is designed to intelligently detect the placement of client’s devices such as tablets, PCs, laptops in that area and send out focused signals to these devices unlike the currently used wireless routers that broadcast these Wi-Fi signals randomly in all the directions.
In addition to this, one more thing that was highlighted in the Samsung’s press release was that the commercialization of these Wi-Fi routers is likely expected as early as next year.
It is certainly appealing to hold the idea of making wireless networks as fast as or even faster than the wired connections. The lesser the time is spent on waiting for the files and data to be transferred, the more can be done within the same duration.
One word of caution that comes with this is that although such technology will turbo-charge our rate of sharing files and buffering videos, but it will not magically increase the actual Internet connection any faster. It is interesting to note that the regular activities you perform on the internet say browsing the web or watching videos on Youtube etc. are actually limited by the internet speed you are getting and not with the capabilities of the wireless network. So, you need to have a suitable internet speed plan for maximum utilization of the wireless connection.
Generalizing this, I can say that Samsung has taken a huge step in this area and the commercial application of this advance technology will revolutionize the way wireless connections operate and clearly this is a big boost for the internet industry.