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Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON: a personal assistant to manage your Wi-Fi network [video]

Jan 5, 2016

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How many connected devices do you have on your home network? Five? Ten? Twenty-five? If you think that’s a lot, just wait.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to exponentially increase the number of devices sharing your home Wi-Fi network. And while a unified network supports multiple technologies and allows your devices to connect to one another, and swap data and information, it’s about to get even more crowded.

Qualcomm Atheros’ Wi-Fi SON (Self Organizing Network) will play the role of both assistant and administrator for your rapidly expanding Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi SON is the connectivity industry’s first comprehensive set of features and a framework that maximizes efficiency across Wi-Fi with minimal user effort.

From the broadband access point to the IoT devices, Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON makes adding new devices plug-and-play: It autonomously selects the best Wi-Fi link for each device based on application, band, and context, optimized for each device’s performance. The technology self-manages the network, ensuring that connected devices maintain optimal connectivity without having to battle for priority within a network. Wi-Fi SON also employs end-to-end content awareness, automatically matching each device to the appropriate bandwidth, whether it’s streaming 4K Ultra HD video or browsing the Web.

The self-healing part of Wi-Fi SON ensures that the connectivity bottlenecks are identified and corrected, even when using multi-hop connections.

And because multiple devices depend on the network, Wi-Fi SON enables self-defense from hackers and intruders. It also learns and adapts to user’s behavior, so any potential threat is identified and quarantined, keeping the network protected.

Wi-Fi SON is currently available across QCA 99xx and IPO40xx platforms and is ready for manufacturers to integrate in to their networking products, so prepare to pile on the devices.

Hungry for more tech news? Find out all about Qualcomm at CES 2016.

Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON is a product of Qualcomm Technologies Inc.