Qualcomm® Wi-Fi SON and distributed networking

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

The easy way to manage an ever-growing network.

The number of connected devices in the average U.S. home is expected to explode from nine to more than 20 by 20201. That's everything from refrigerators to lightbulbs, personalizing everyday experiences in unprecedented ways, with a mix of routers and range extenders connecting them all. To run such a busy system smoothly and reliably, users will need technology that automates security, bandwidth optimization and more. Enter Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON (Self-Organizing Network).

A comprehensive system doesn't have to be complicated.


With Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON, installing Wi-Fi routers/home gateways, and adding devices, and range extenders is hassle free. It also detects and rectifies performance and interference issues on its own.


The technology dynamically selects the best Wi-Fi link for each device based on application, band and context, giving each one the bandwidth it needs for optimal performance.


More connected devices means more ways to compromise a Wi-Fi network. That’s why Wi-FI SON offers a framework to build security mechanisms that are designed to prevent and quarantine potential threats and alert users of the issue.

Wi-Fi SON takes care of itself.


Installing wireless routers/home gateways and adding devices and Wi-Fi range extenders is easy with auto-discovery and smartphone integration.


Features include automatic performance degradation detection and dynamic band steering that serves devices across bands for optimized network capacity. Seamless roaming ensures bandwidth is available when and where it’s needed. End-to-end content-aware routing makes sure each device gets the appropriate bandwidth, whether it’s transferring a file, streaming 4K video or web browsing.


“Mesh” networking finds alternate connection paths in multi-router networks or those taking advantage of range extenders. If there’s a bandwidth bottleneck or a hang-up on an existing connection, the network switches access points to continue delivering optimal performance.


A hacked lightbulb could compromise an entire network. The Wi-Fi SON framework allows OEMs to offer security technology that could continuously learn and adapt to user behavior in order to identify and protect against potential threats.

Wi-Fi SON and distributed networking

The infusion of the full suite of Wi-Fi SON features into the networking ecosystem has spawned a whole new product category taking the industry by storm—while satisfying consumers with simplicity, performance, and advanced features.

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