Your Wi-Fi Range Can Be Increased With This Software Fix


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Your Wi-Fi Range Can Be Increased With This Software Fix
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The need to remain connected to the Internet is at an all-time high, right? It is crucial that we remain connected to the Wi-Fi, and therefore, it becomes the demand of family members that Wi-Fi signals are available at every corner of the house.

Your Wi-Fi Range Can Be Increased With This Software Fix

Keeping up with these demands, a number of devices are available online, including Amazon’s Ero routers and Nest Wi-Fi from Google that are capable of enhancing the primary Wi-Fi signal. However, a team of researchers has recently found another way of taking care of this demand; a software protocol. According to researchers, this software protocol can boost the range of Wi-Fi by an additional 60 meters.

Your Wi-Fi Range Can Be Increased With This Software Fix

The research team is being headed by Brigham Young University, and has named the software protocol as On-Off Noise Power Communication (ONPC). An average Wi-Fi requires the speeds of at least one megabit per second to sustain a signal. However, with the ONPC protocol, the signal can be sustained by even a tiny one bit per second – one-millionth of the data speed that would have otherwise been needed.

Your Wi-Fi Range Can Be Increased With This Software Fix

How does the software protocol help do that? Well, it empowers the Wi-Fi enabled devices for transmitting wireless noise along with the data. BYU has said that this enables the device to transmit a series of 0s and 1s, thus turning on and off its signal in a specific configuration. This helps since this conveys to the Wi-Fi router that the device is still sending something even though no data is being transferred and thus allows the device to uphold the signal.

Your Wi-Fi Range Can Be Increased With This Software Fix

Professor Neal Patawri of Washington University said, ‘It’s basically sending 1 bit of information that says it’s alive.’ Upon testing, the ONPC protocol was capable of enhancing the range of a conventional gadget by about 67 feet as opposed to the conventional Wi-Fi. The exciting part? The ONPC software protocol is a software upgrade – implying that it can be used with any device that has Wi-Fi enabled.

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