Broadcom Doubles Wi-Fi Speed with First Six Stream 802.11ac MIMO Platform
Published on: 15th Apr 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Broadcom has shown off what it says is the industry's first six stream 802.11ac MIMO platform for home networks. Broadcom's 5G WiFi XStream is up to 50 percent faster than MU MIMO routers and gateways.
The new platform has twice the bandwidth of existing 802.11ac routers and gateways, and can deliver data rates up to 3.2 Gbps.
Broadcom's Intelligent Quality of Service (iQoS) software identifies incoming traffic and allocates bandwidth so that applications such as video streaming get the highest priority while other applications, such as file downloads, run at a lower priority. Broadcom's SmartConnect software automatically ensures that 802.11ac devices in the home are not sharing airtime with slower Wi-Fi devices. This process doubles the performance of all devices in the network.
"With an average of seven Wi-Fi devices for every Wi-Fi enabled home today, predicted to grow to an average of 11 Wi-Fi devices in 20171, now is the time to future proof home networks," said Patrick Lo, Netgear Chief Executive Officer. "Broadcom's six stream 802.11ac platform and advanced software provides us with the foundation to create products for the connected home of today and tomorrow."