Scientists Discover a Way to Increase Wi-Fi Range by 200 Feet Through Software

Researchers, headed by Brigham Young University, may have found a software protocol that boosts the range of the Wi-Fi by more than 60 meters.

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Scientists Discover a Way to Increase Wi-Fi Range by 200 Feet Through Software

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Muhammad Mubeen Javed

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Researchers, headed by Brigham Young University, may have found a software protocol. It boosts the range of the Wi-Fi by more than 60 meters.

It is critical that Wi-Fi is available in every nook and cranny. While there are readily available some devices. Such as Amazon’s Eero routers and Google’s Nest Wi-Fi that will enhance the main Wi-Fi signal.

The researchers have named the protocol On-Off Noise Power Communication (ONPC). An average Wi-Fi needs speeds of at least one megabit per second to sustain a signal. The ONPC protocol can sustain it on as much as one bit per second, one-millionth of the data speed otherwise required.

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The protocol does this by empowering Wi-Fi-enabled devices to transmit wireless noise as well as data. BYU says it enables the device to transmit a series of 1s and 0s, fundamentally turning on and off its signal in a specific configuration. That is sufficient to tell the Wi-Fi router that the device is still conveying something (even if no data is being received) and uphold the signal.

Professor Neal Patawri of Washington University said:

It’s sending 1 bit of information that says it’s alive.

When tested, the ONPC protocol boosted the range of a regular device 67 meters further than the range of the average Wi-Fi. The exciting part is that the ONPC is entirely software-based. It means that through a software update it can be used in any Wi-Fi-enabled device.

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