Wi-Fi is about to get a whole lot faster

After seven years of research, a new technology is ready ot hit the market.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Published Apr 5, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 12:47 pm CDT

Wi-Fi speeds in homes, offices, and public networks could triple very soon.

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Qualcomm, an American tech giant, says seven years of research have yielded MU-MIMO (“multi-user, multiple input, multiple output”), a new approach that allows wireless routers and access points to faster transmit data to multiple groups of users simultaneously using proprietary algorithms able adapt on the fly.

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“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,” the company told CNN.

Both the network and users with have to employ the technology in order to boost speeds by 100 to 200 percent. However, even when users don’t have MU-MIMO tech equipped, they’ll still see some benefits.

MU-MIMO will begin to ship early next year.

Photo by Sean McEntee/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 5, 2014, 5:47 pm CDT