Qualcomm Introduces StreamBoost Technology to Speed Up 802.11ac Wi-Fi Networks

Alienware and D-Link to Demonstrate StreamBoost-Enabled 802.11ac Routers at CES

by Anton Shilov
01/04/2013 | 01:58 PM

Qualcomm Atheros on Friday introduced StreamBoost technology for Wi-Fi routers and gateways. By intelligently managing a home’s broadband connection, Qualcomm StreamBoost gives each device and each application the bandwidth it needs to ensure the best possible experiences in the connected home.

 

Currently, 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. While Qualcomm Vive 802.11ac provides up to 1.3Gb/s PHY rate of Wi-Fi capacity, Qualcomm 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.

“Web surfing competes with streaming video, video chat competes with games, and downloads compete with everything. In the practical use case of a connected home, bandwidth will always be limited, but intelligent network management helps address this. We created Qualcomm StreamBoost to recognize and optimally allocate network traffic, providing users with the best Internet performance possible on all connected devices, right out of the box,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president and general manager, networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros.

Qualcomm 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 makes understanding and using routers more intuitive than ever before. For the first time, users can 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.

In conjunction with this introduction, Alienware and D-Link Systems will be demonstrating StreamBoost routers based on Qualcomm Vive 802.11ac technology for Gigabit-class Wi-Fi at the Consumer Electronis Show next week. Streamboost routers will be available to consumers this spring at e-commerce and retail outlets in North America, Europe and Asia.