Qualcomm to demo first StreamBoost Wi-Fi routers at CES 2013


StreamBoost-based routers help you visualize and manage Internet bandwidth.
(Credit: Qualcomm)

It’s frustrating when you share the Internet between multiple devices and some of them monopolize all the bandwidth, leaving the rest crawl. Qualcomm has something to potentially alleviate this pain.

The handset maker today introduced its StreamBoost chip technology, which is designed to “optimize the performance and capacity of home networks” to enable the router to intelligently manage the broadband connection. Qualcomm says that new technologies assigned to every device and every application the bandwidth you need, and no more, to ensure the best possible experience on all devices.
Importantly StreamBoost is very different from the existing Quality of Service (QoS), available in many routers, they can do a similar thing. Tailoring StreamBoost bandwidth of the Internet to ensure that the application is prioritized exact amount of bandwidth it needs at a given time, said Qualcomm, instead of a percentage of download priority at all times. This results in more bandwidth than was allowed for other devices.
Another feature is that it automatically StreamBoost can “learn” over time related characteristics of an application, and Internet changes the way your prioritizing work accordingly. This is important as Internet-based applications tend to evolve quickly. Youtube, for example, now offers more streaming options than it had a year ago. The user can opt for a cloud-based feature to help make smarter StreamBoost. And if they choose to, you can also use it to manage your home network remotely and update StreamBoost how dynamically, rather than through firmware revisions.

If StreamBoost Qualcomm claims resolved, it might just be one of the most important new features of home networks by 2013, as the average household currently connects some seven to Internet devices and this number is expected to increase only.
StreamBoost is a software service that can technically be used on any router. However, for now, only available in those based on Qualcomm’s new chip 802.11ac LIVE. This, the first 802.11ac Qualcomm chip, offers up Wi-Fi 1.3Gbps data rates and is the second 802.11ac chip on the market, in addition to the Broadcom was introduced last year.
Qualcomm says it will be doing a demonstration at CES StreamBoost 2013, in collaboration with D-Link and Alienware. If you can not get to the show, expect the first StreamBoost based routers on the market in the spring.


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