The World’s Fastest Wi-Fi: 40Gbps
Courtesy ERIC LIMER, Gizmodo
For the most part, we’re all happy if we can get Internet that’s fast enough to stream some HD video. But faster is always better, and a new, world-record setting network developed in Germany is so blazing fast you wouldn’t know what to do with it. It can deliver multiple HD films in a second.
Developed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, the new 40Gbps Wi-Fi (40x faster than Google Fiber) not only managed to nail crazy speeds, but also did it over a distance of .6 miles. The catch is that it’d never work well in your house.
The jump in speed and distance is not only thanks to state-of-the-art hardware, but a higher frequency (240GHz) than your typical Wi-Fi setup uses (2.4GHz or 5 GHz). This space seems to be a sweet spot for non-interference, letting signals dash across the air pretty easily, but a frequency so high would be very very easily thwarted by the common wall. And here in the States, the FCC might have something to say about it.
The network was tested by beaming data from the top of one skyscraper to another, and chances are this kind of "invisible fiber" connection would be its biggest application, as opposed to your home Wi-Fi. Still, it could be super useful for ‘net distribution in rural area’s where fiber’s an expensive proposition with little pay off. Now if only they could roll out this tech as fast as it can transfer data. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology via Discovery]