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FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi 73

bbsguru (586178) writes "Wi-Fi networks will soon be improving thanks to a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today. The FCC voted unanimously to open 100 MHz of wireless spectrum in an unlicensed 5GHz block . The move will increase the number of frequencies available to unlicensed wireless networks (such as those set up through Wi-Fi routers) by nearly 15 percent, and in turn, allow them to handle a greater level of traffic at higher speeds. 'Today's action represents the largest amount of spectrum suitable for mobile broadband that the Commission has made available for auction since the 700MHz band was auctioned in 2008,' the FCC wrote in a statement. 'Access to these bands will help wireless companies meet growing consumer demand for mobile data by enabling faster wireless speeds and more capacity.' The increased spectrum should mean that Wi-Fi networks will be less congested, and next-gen routers will be able to take better advantage of gigabit broadband speeds that are cropping up all over the country."
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FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

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  • Spectrum Frequency (Score:5, Informative)

    by Goetterdaemmerung ( 140496 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @06:22PM (#46626099)

    The newly available spectrum is 5150-5250 MHz.

  • by rasmusbr ( 2186518 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @07:13PM (#46626523)

    One reason why you've never seen an area saturated with 5 GHz signals is that they don't penetrate walls and other obstacles as easily as 2.4 GHz signals. This is either good or bad depending on what you want to achieve, but having more spectrum is never bad!

  • by morgauxo ( 974071 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @09:31PM (#46627315)

    Personally my favorite way to increase efficiency has been around a long time... ETHERNET!! Don't get me wrong, I use WiFi for things that NEED WiFi (ChromeCast, laptops carried to strange places, visiting friends that want to use their Sprint (shitty network) smartphones, etc...). But.. for stationary things that can do ethernet... it's no contest, ethernet for the win!! With a little creativity you CAN find a place to run the cable and it IS worth it!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 31, 2014 @10:57PM (#46627717)


    What the GP probably means is increasing the constellation size. But increasing the constellation size requires a better SNR in the channel, which typically means increasing power, for example, to go from QAM256 to QAM1024, (8 bits/symbols to 10bits/symbol) requires 3dB better SNR, which in turn means doubling the transmit power, or somehow reducing the channel noise floor, for example, by using higher gain receive side antenna, or a lower noise detector.

    Of course, the best advance we have made is MIMO, which is a form of spatial division multiplexing, allowing encoding symbols in space as well as amplitude. Technically it is a partially correlated matrix encoding.

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