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Submission + - LED technology could boost WiFi speeds up to ten times (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Oregon University have developed a new LED technology which has the potential to increase WiFi bandwidth by ten times. The engineering team hopes that the technology could help solve bandwidth problems caused by overcrowding and multimedia streaming. The system could for example be integrated with existing WiFi systems at events, in coffee shops, at airport terminals and in multiple-device homes to reduce bandwidth strain. The first prototype, WiFO, uses LEDs which rank outside of the human visual spectrum. The diodes emit an invisible stream of light measuring approximately one square meter to deliver the data. Despite the small area of usability, the research team demonstrated that the technology could be used across a hybrid network that switches between the LED transmitters and the existing WiFi system.

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