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Wi-Fi Reaching its Capacity Limits in Urban Areas

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Wi Fi systems are reaching the limits of their technical capability, concludes a study by the Netherlands based University of Twente.

The report found that particularly in urban areas the number of Wi-Fi devices sharing limited spectrum could cause speeds to drop to less than 20 percent of their theoretical capability. On average, the speed rarely reached half its reported capability.

The study was commissioned by the Dutch radio spectrum regulator, the Agentschap Telecom.

The issue with device congestion was found to be less with the actual data transmission than an overloading of control signals between routers and receivers.

The results will be published in the journal: Journal of Green Engineering, Special Issue on Cognitive Radio

On the web: University of Twente

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