Smart antennas to expand Wi-Fi range

IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Some access points with multiple antennas merely select the strongest signal to pass onto the user, and drop the signals on the other antennas, Winters said. Motia's chip allows access points to blend different signals together in order to create a signal whose total is greater than the sum of its parts, he said.

Each chip can support an access point with four antennas, Winters said. The technology is designed for indoor corporate environments, and each chip is expected to add about $20 to the cost of an access point when it is released in the first quarter of 2004, said Robert Warner, vice president of sales and marketing for the company.

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