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Leading a connectivity revolution with distributed networks

8 Feb 2017

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Just over a year ago, a new breed of home network was imagined when we announced Qualcomm Wi-Fi Self Organizing Network (SON). Wi-Fi SON is a central cog in our vision of bringing simplicity and effortless wireless connectivity to the far corners of a home – in fact, helping create a whole new category of products called distributed networks.

Distributed networking products typically come in sets of two or three, which are then placed around the home. Many of these systems have intuitive apps, and automate network setup and maintenance. These networks can sense which devices are connected, and manage those connections to support the best possible performance – routing traffic to the node or frequency band that is best, depending on the type of content or distance from the router. These networks can also quarantine unknown devices that may pose a security threat – all with minimal or no intervention by the user. It’s a transformative experience compared to what’s come before.

So what’s happened in the year since? Every major home networking brand now offers distributed networking products based on Qualcomm Network solutions, including Eero, Luma, Netgear, Google, Ubiquiti, and Plume. And at CES this year, the momentum continued with new offerings announced by Linksys, D-Link, TP-Link, and ASUS.

Importantly, these are not products simply joining a new product trend. This is a strategic approach to align the network’s capabilities in the home to modern user demand profiles. To dive deeper on the sea change that’s happened, read our sponsored research brief.

Our story doesn’t stop there. At CES, a number of enhancements to the Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON portfolio were announced that extend its capabilities to wired devices (Ethernet and Powerline), expand support for multi-hop network topologies, and expand supported architectures to include MIPS-based systems.

With this powerful foundation of distributed networking, and a critical mass of products becoming available we’re now focused on building on this foundation to create really compelling user experiences - we’ll post more about these developments shortly.

Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON and Qualcomm Network features are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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Guest blogger Mike Feibus is Principal Analyst of Feibus Tech. He is a well-recognized and oft-quoted expert on connected health and fitness, smart home, connected car, augmented reality/virtual reality, privacy and security. Feibus is also a regular technology columnist for USA TODAY and Fortune. The views expressed are the author’s own, and do not necessarily represent the views of Qualcomm.

The demand on Wi-Fi networks has changed. But Wi-Fi technology has been sometimes slow to respond.

Indeed, the proliferation of connected devices combined with exploding demand for video streaming is straining Wi-Fi deployments across the globe most glaringly on congested networks during peak usage times.

FeibusTech believes that the just-announced 802.11ax Wi-Fi chipsets from Qualcomm Technologies are set to change all that. The wireless pioneer unveiled a new approach to the evolution of Wi-Fi with a pair of chipsets that support 802.11ax. The emerging industry standard borrows cellular-industry advances to help Wi-Fi serve much more data to many more devices. The two chipsets the IPQ8074 for routers and the QCA6290 for laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other client devices — together make up the first comprehensive offering announced for the developing Wi-Fi standard.

Now, finally, the focus of Wi-Fi development is shifting from optimizing bandwidth connection speeds to an individual device to maximizing capacity. That is, ensuring that all devices on crowded networks get the bandwidth they need. The market needs to understand that capacity, not peak speed, is the most important measure for Wi-Fi networks, and that is why we think 802.11ax is a game changer.

Read my full post on this topic

 

14 Feb 2017