Researchers at North Carolina State University have created new software to boost the performance of Wi-Fi connections.
Known as WiFox, the software is said to “act like a traffic cop” by monitoring how heavy data traffic is going along the channel and prioritising requests to ensure it continues to flow smoothly.
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Testing has shown performance can increase by 400% when using the software on a network with 25 people trying to access the connection, but can go up by as much as 700% when the number of people hits 45.
The main benefit, however, is that it is a software solution rather than hardware.
“One of the nice things about this mechanism is that it can be packaged as a software update that can be incorporated into existing Wi-Fi networks,” said Arpit Gupta, a PhD student in computer science at the university and lead author of the WiFox paper.
“This means WiFox can be incorporated without overhauling a system,” he added.
The technology may be at its early stages, but the team behind it are going to present the paper at the ACM CoNEXT 2012 conference in Nice during December.