CES: Qualcomm “StreamBoosts” wireless home networksAt the 2013 CES, Qualcomm Inc. revealed that its Atheros, Inc. subsidiary has developed a new technology, called StreamBoost, for optimizing the performance of Wi-Fi routers and gateways.
According to Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president and general manager, networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros, by intelligently managing a home’s broadband connection, StreamBoost gives each device and each application the bandwidth it needs to ensure the best possible performance in the connected home.
Currently, said Rabinovitsj, the average home connects up to seven devices to the Internet, and this number is expected to grow considerably in the next five years. Due to limited bandwidth, users are increasingly frustrated by the effects of network congestion: streaming movies freeze, gaming sessions lag, and online surfing slows.
While the new 802.11ac standard was designed to address increasingly crowded networks, StreamBoost technology combined with 802.11ac takes networking to the next level, he said.
Compared to its earlier VIVE 802.11ac, which, said Anderson, provides up to 1.3 Gbps PHY rate of Wi-Fi capacity, StreamBoost provides a superior connected experience to users of all devices on a home network by managing and shaping traffic, and giving each connected device and application the priority and bandwidth required for optimal performance.
StreamBoost also incorporates an opt-in, cloud-based service that continually increases the intelligence of the router, allowing new applications and devices to be identified and optimally managed as they are added to a network.
StreamBoost’s interface allows users to view all computers, tablets, phones and other connected devices on the home’s network—as well as the applications they are using, and the real-time bandwidth usage of each application and device—on one easy-to-use StreamBoost interface.
He said Streamboost routers will be available to consumers this spring at e-commerce and retail outlets in North America, Europe and Asia.