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What Is WiFox?

By November 18, 2012

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A research project at North Carolina State University (USA) called WiFox has been the subject of press coverage this week claiming that it increases the performance of Wi-Fi hotspots by, or up to, 700%. Does this mean it can boost a 54 Mbps 802.11g connection up to 37800 Mbps? Um... no, of course not. Will it increase the speed of your Internet connection running at 1 Mbps up to 700 Mbps? Nope.

The idea behind WiFox is to improve the default traffic prioritization used by Wi-Fi when in overcrowded situations. It's common when using a public hotspot in a crowded area to have difficulty browsing or using apps due to the high level of network congestion. WiFox simply helps balance out network requests to ensure each device gets its turn. There's no magic switch that boosts everyone's performance, though. WiFox technology isn't being used in any commercial products yet, either, so its effectiveness on general-purpose hotspots remains to be proven.

More - Researchers Claim Performance Fix for Overused Wi-Fi Points (networkworld.com)
See also - Find Free Public Wi-Fi Hotspots
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