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January 09, 2013
Qualcomm StreamBoost Improves Wi-Fi Router and Gateway Performance for Home Networking


By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor


Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm (News - Alert) Inc., has introduced StreamBoost technology for Wi-Fi routers and gateways. It is designed for home users to get the best performance by the devices they own, enabling each device and each application to get the maximum bandwidth it needs to ensure the best possible experiences.

Many a times, users get frustrated by the effects of network congestion: streaming movies freeze, gaming sessions lag, and online surfing slows due to limited bandwidth available at their step. Qualcomm believes the StreamBoost technology combined with 802.11ac takes networking to the next level. While the Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac provides up to 1.3 Gbps PHY rate of Wi-Fi capacity, Qualcomm StreamBoost provides a superior connected experience to users of all devices on a home network by:

  • Managing and shaping traffic
  • Giving each connected device and application the priority and bandwidth required for optimal performance

“StreamBoost provides users with advanced control over their home networks to enable the first truly smart, connected homes,” said Frank Azor, general manager, Alienware. “This technology will provide gamers with a more reliable and better performing online gaming experience, whether there are two, 12 or 20 devices using the network simultaneously.”

Qualcomm StreamBoost also combines an opt-in, cloud-based service that helps in enhancing the intelligence of the router, allowing new applications and devices to be identified and optimally managed as they are added to a network.

“The explosion of media enjoyed on a variety of devices presents a conflict in the home network,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president and general manager, networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros (News - Alert). “Web surfing competes with streaming video, video chat competes with games, and downloads compete with everything. In the practical use case of a connected home, bandwidth will always be limited, but intelligent network management helps address this. We created Qualcomm StreamBoost to recognize and optimally allocate network traffic, providing users with the best Internet performance possible on all connected devices—right out of the box.”

The company officials confirmed that the Streamboost routers will be soon available to consumers this spring at e-commerce and retail outlets in North America, Europe and Asia.

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Edited by Peter Bernstein



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