When it comes to WiFi signals, the routers many of us have in our homes today are hampered by barriers such as walls and other electronic devices that interfere with the signal. Because of this, routers never quite deliver the speeds manufacturers claim they’re capable of, especially when multiple devices are involved.
In a recent announcement, Samsung Electronics claims to have solved this problem by developing new technology, and get this – this new tech will boost WiFi speeds fivefold!
By harnessing the 60GHz frequency band, Samsung’s new technology will give us data transfer rates at a whopping 4.6Gbps (575 Mb/s). Compare that to current maximum Wi-Fi speeds, which clock in at a mere 866Mbps (108Mb/s). With this blistering WiFi speed, that 1gig movie that would’ve taken you hours to download, could be in your device in less than 3 seconds.
Sure, there are already accessories such as the “WiGig” (named because of its gigabyte transfer capability) that utilize the 60GHz frequency. The problem with these devices though is that the signals they emit are still obstructed by walls and other objects, so you need to be within a short range, and probably even in the same room when you’re connected to them.
Samsung Electronics claims they have successfully surpassed these limits using “high-performance modem technologies and by developing wide-coverage beam-forming antenna.” What this means is the router detects the precise location of your laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and sends a beam directly to the device, as opposed to broadcasting a “scattered” signal, which is how current routers operate. This effectively eliminates co-channel interference, so users get to enjoy maximum WiFi speeds, regardless of how many other devices are connected to the network.
Samsung expects the commercialization of the unlicensed 60 GHz WiFi band spectrum by next year. According to their press release, they plan to “apply this new technology to a wide range of products, including audio visual and medical devices, as well as telecommunications equipment. The technology will also be integral to developments relevant to the Samsung Smart Home and other initiatives related to the Internet of Things.”