Wi-Fi saviour? MIT develops super-signal amplifier: 10 times magnification

Wi-Fi signals have been a headache for many people, with 2.4GHz interfering too much, 5GHz not enough walls to cross, and many people can only hope for products such as Wi-Fi amplifiers or parent-child routes. But researchers have taken on a new approach, and recently meddling a prototype product, the RFocus Smart Surface, a remarkable boost to signal strength, by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Wi-Fi saviour? MIT develops super-signal amplifier: 10 times magnification

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The RFocus Smart Surface is a huge antenna wall with more than 3,000 micro-antennas built in, and its software can arrange these antennas in a reasonable arrangement to increase the signal range by up to 10 times!

And the rFocus smart surface costs very little, an antenna only a few cents, power consumption is not high, after all, its hardware is not complex.

Of course, the RFocus smart surface isn’t designed to enhance your Wi-Fi signal, its potential uses include amplifying the signal range of 5G base stations, providing data connectivity for small devices such as the Internet of Things, and so on.

The RFocus smart surface is still in its early stages and has yet to find a way to mass-produce, but let’s wait and see.