Portal is a Wi-Fi router that comes from Ignition Labs, a technology firm that has been created by a group of engineers that came from Qualcomm. When looking at the device from the surface, there is nothing too different about it when comparing it with other high-end routers, especially those from Asus, Netgear, Linksys, and others. It is a high-powered, dual-band emitting router that has support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. It has beamforming and MIMO technology installed as well, and other features to consider. What makes this different from the others is that the manufacturers say that it can operate on a previously unavailable 5GHz spectrum.
Portal is a Router That May Look the Same on the Outside, But has a Discerning Feature on the Inside
Portal is now looking for Kickstarters backers for a starting fee of $149 during the crowdfunding campaign. Furthermore, the company behind the creation of this Wi-Fi emitting device states that they will ship the unit by the end of the summer.
Ignition Labs says that their Portal Router is different from others, albeit it does have a lot in common with other high-end routers, is that users are able to operate the device on a previously unavailable 5GHz spectrum. These special airwaves have previously only been accessible for use for radar purposes. Consumer routers were not able to make use of this kind of technology, well, until now.
When using this special airwaves, the result is that it avoids these congestion issues and would hence provide faster throughput and greater range. Today’s Wi-Fi routers would tend to become increasingly congested, especially when being used inside urban areas. When multiple users log into the same network, it can lower down speeds and performance levels. Ignition says that devices that have been made within the past five years will be able to connect into their router’s network without any issues.
Terry Ngo, Ignition Labs co-founder, compares a Wi-Fi network to that of a waterfall, with the router being at the peak. When you get farther away from that waterfall, the intensity of the water’s movement will weaken. This is akin to that of a Wi-Fi signal getting weaker as you move farther away from the source. There are also other things that interfere with the Wi-Fi connection which makes the intensity of those signals even weaker.
With Portal, it aims to avoids those interferences, and would therefore be a stronger waterfall which has water, or rather airwaves that would be able to travel farther throughout a residential or commercial property.