Open Source Dual Channel Wi-Fi Solution to Provide Better Connectivity

Edgewater Wireless Systems has unveiled powerful new Dual Channel Wi-Fi software for the global Linux OpenWrt development community. This work has been done in conjunction with CableLabs’ plan to drive global adoption of Dual Channel Wi-Fi for more efficient and reliable connectivity.

A revolutionary approach to alleviating jittery video and laggy gaming experiences, Dual Channel Wi-Fi enables one or more downlink-only data channels in addition to a standard bi-directional channel. Compatible with all Wi-Fi releases, including Edgewater’s MCSR, Dual Channel Wi-Fi unlocks the unused spectrum to dramatically reduce the contention and latency while increasing airtime utilization. Developed for various Access Points and client platforms, including set-top boxes, TVs and soon, gaming platforms and iPads, Dual Channel Wi-Fi can be implemented wherever traditional single-channel Wi-Fi struggles with contention – in residential and enterprise applications globally.

Releasing the Dual Channel Wi-Fi code to the opensource community is essential to drive adoption of the emerging standard, and for driving demand of multi-channel, single radio MCSR silicon solutions. Dual Channel Wi-Fi marks the first declaration by a global standards body that one channel is not enough.

Edgewater’s Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing represents the next generation of Wi-Fi technology, breaking the industry’s reliance on single channel radio architecture and enabling multiple concurrent channels of transmit and receive from a single Wi-Fi standards-compliant radio. With over 1,681 developers, the Linux community represents one of the largest global software development organizations, and the OpenWrt stream is a Linux operating system used by devices such as routers, smartphones, and residential gateways.