Understanding MU-MIMO Wireless

If you're in charge of your company's IT infrastructure and network monitoring

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Multiuser Multiple Input/Multiple OutputMU-MIMO). But for those who aren't networking experts, especially if you've got those experts asking you to spend some bucks on it, it's worth understanding MU-MIMO because not only can it radically speed up your wireless networking throughput, but it can potentially decrease the number of routers and access points you need. Put simply, MU-MIMO technology enables the simultaneous transfer and receipt of network data across multiple devices. In this piece, I'll explain what MU-MIMO is, how it works, and how it benefits you—and I'll try to put it in terms that don't require an advanced degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Traditional routers, which operated with "Single User Multiple Input/Multiple Output

Here's another way to look at it: Rather than sending data to devices in bursts (otherwise known as "packets"), MU-MIMO-enabled devices send a steady stream of content to multiple devices within your network, without pause or delay. Each device (up to four devices) receives its own independent stream so it's not sharing bandwidth with other devices on the network.

With traditional SU-MIMU routers, multiple machines receive packets in shifts, which works well enough when bandwidth requirements are low. But, similar to the I Love Lucy episode in which Lucy and Ethel unsuccessfully gather chocolate balls

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