Researchers demonstrate blazing fast 100 Gb/sec Wi-Fi network

By on October 15, 2013, 7:15 AM
internet, wi-fi, wireless network

Wi-Fi is one of the most convenient technologies in recent memory but if you want blazing fast speeds, a wired network is still the best bet. That may all be changing, however, as a team of German scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a Wi-Fi network that can transfer data at 100 Gb/sec.

The technology uses super-high frequency signals (237.5GHz) to pull off the feat. At such speeds, you can send a full Blu-ray disc worth of data in two seconds. Unfortunately, however, there’s a catch: these high-frequency signals aren’t exactly suited for home use because they aren’t as good at penetrating obstacles as the low range frequencies that today’s home routers rely on.

Because of this limitation, the technology would be great for line-of-sight applications but not so much in a home setting with walls and other obstacles.

The group is already well-established as they previously set the record for the world’s fastest Wi-Fi with a 40 Gb/sec connection. According to one of the researchers, they won’t be resting on their laurels as they have worked up another method to increase speeds even further.

By using optical and electrical multiplexing techniques (simultaneously transmitting multiple data streams) and by using multiple transmitting and receiving antennas, the data rate could be multiplied. This, according to Swen König, could allow for systems with a data rate of up to 1 terabit per second.

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tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

I am sure their model office test lab there works wonders. But how about creating real homes environment testing. Where you have Smart Meters for (Electric and Water) connected to your home that transmits a signal back to the Utility Companies or an offical from that company that drives around with his receiver to read your current meter readings without ever getting out to manual read it.

Drywall, Metal or aluminum frame structures, cast iron pipes, fireplace or old brick walls, Cordless Phones, Cell Phone, Ifra Red Cooking Stove, Induction System Cooking Stove, Microwave oven, CLF lights if you don't use LED light yet. Any central AC/heating using transformers or any EMI/EMF waves. All things to consider.

Getting a Trifield 100XE EMF Meter and measuring the EMF waves from the internal / external interference should be a major concern. Current WiFi tech we all have in our home/office has it's limits I am sure once this new 100 GB WiFi tech ever gets to our homes there should be some speed limits that we won't get as describe above. Tech has to develop to min these EMF waves that would conflict with any newer tech.

nismo91 said:

So much for this 'theoritical speeds'... of course not all of us can afford top-of-the-line routers and adapters. even for something simple like wireless N, any midrange MIMO routers and adapters or below will struggle to live up to their 300Mbps speed claims.

misor misor said:

If only Philippine ISPs were obliged to also increase minimum 'broadband' speeds at little to no additional costs to consumers.

t3chn0vamp said:

Great discovery but still It has a long way to go to get ready for home users.

JC713 JC713 said:

This is awesome! But it will take a while before it reaches the consumer level like Techno said above.

Guest said:

...and then their brains turned into cancerous mush.

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