Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Virgin Media set to trial smarter Wi-Fi technology

Broadband provider Virgin Media has quietly begun trialling new technology for its wireless routers that will aim to improve overall connectivity for consumers and boost connectivity with mobile and other Wi-Fi devices.

According to ISPReview.co.uk, the company has invited selected customers to take part in the scheme, which comes in the form of a firmware upgrade to the company's existing Superhub v3 router.

It is said to be based around AirTime Fairness (ATF) technology, which is a type of congestion management software that helps prioritise and control traffic from multiple users.

This could therefore be particularly useful for consumers who frequently connect multiple devices to their home router and download data simultaneously.

A spokesperson for Virgin Media told the website: "We are in the process of trialling a number of exciting features as part of our continued investment to improve connectivity in our customers’ homes. We'll keep customers updated once we have more information to share."

ISPReview.co.uk noted that while ATD may not be necessary for some users, as modern Wi-Fi networks have become much better in recent years at sharing capacity and managing congestion, busy environment with many users or those using a mix of older and newer wireless devices may see a significant improvement in their performance with this technology enabled.

For now, though, the technology is still in the trial stage, so it remains to be seen whether Virgin Media will roll it out to all customers.

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