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Portal Router, WiFi using radar spectrum


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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/portalwifi/portal-turbocharged-wifi

 

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/10/portal-router-aims-to-deliver-us-from-congested-wifi/

 

 

Portal’s unique FCC-certified technology (FastLanes™) enables your WiFi network to operate in a special protected portion of the 5GHz radio spectrum that was originally reserved for weather radar systems.  This is a huge swathe of spectrum, about 3x wider than the spectrum conventional WiFi uses today, and it's relatively uncrowded which enables your WiFi data to speed past your neighbor's WiFi data that is stuck in congested traffic.

 

 

Sounds interesting.  I like that it also supports Mesh.  I assume additional units would be put in a AP/Bridge mode.

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Sounds very buzzword filled. FastLanes is just a fancy name for radar detection (Dynamic Frequency Selection) and support for the UNII-2 and UNII-2e frequency bands. Your devices also need to support these extra frequency bands to use it.

 

Other manufacturers are starting to bring out 802.11ac APs that support these extra UNII bands that require DFS support. DFS isn't exclusive to Portal.

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Like GotNoTime said. it is not unique to Portal, or even to AC standards wireless, or any country I have had N series gear here in Australia that has supported it for the past 5 odd years

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