Few things can be as frustrating as a Wi-Fi traffic jam when you need to get connected. When you take a look at nearly any given Internet hotspot, it is often crowded with bandwidth leeches streaming music, video, and other connection choking activities.
Researchers at N.C. State University have developed software that boosts data traffic performance in crowded Wi-Fi environments by as much as 700 percent according to the N.C. State press release.
The technology, called WiFox, can be incorporated into existing Wi-Fi networks. "One of the nice things about this mechanism is that it can be packaged as a software update that can be incorporated into existing WiFi networks," says Arpit Gupta, a Ph.D. student in computer science at NCSU and lead author of a paper on the research. "WiFox can be incorporated without overhauling a system."
I personally make an effort not to hog the Wi-Fi at my favorite hangouts, but I seem to be in the minority. Hopefully we'll see WiFox in the wild sooner than later.