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What are MIMO Routers?

By David White
Updated May 16, 2024
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MIMO routers build on the MIMO technology, which stands for Multiple Input, Multiple Output, to extend the range of Wi-Fi network base stations. This relatively new set of technology protocols reinvents the way that signals are transmitted and received. These routers send out multiple data streams at the same time and then use multiple antennas to sift through the signals for the requisite pattern. All this is done while maintaining a fast connection and, hence, a fast data stream.

Actually, MIMO is a new verse of an old song. The technology has been pursued for years in the digital radio industry with varying success. Nowadays, it seems to be the standard, provided that both the transmitting and the receiving party have multiple antennas with which to send or receive the multiple streams of data.

The same is true of MIMO routers, which replace standard routers in the technological advancement universe. The earliest models of routers have one antenna, with which they receive one data stream. Even if the sending party were sending multiple streams of data, the traditional router, with its one antenna, would not be able to receive those multiple streams of data. Enter the MIMO model. Multiple antennas mean multiple streams of data, and that means better performance.

MIMO routers attach to any home or office network just as easily as other types of routers. They allow high-profile encryption pathways as well, so you can rest assured that those multiple data streams aren’t being infiltrated by hackers. This encryption is delivered without loss of signal strength or speed.

Speaking of speed, MIMO routers transmit data at speeds faster than standard routers today. The protocols with which t roesehuters are equipped provide for protection against data scattering, which is both a hazard to transmission and a guaranteed slowdown in transmission speed. MIMO routers are engineered to be compatible with the newest standard of wireless, 802.11n, but the same routers are also backward-compatible with previous wireless standards. This is one of those products that you can buy and actually keep around for awhile.

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Discussion Comments
By aageon — On Nov 12, 2014

The interesting thing about this is the multiple streams of data both in and out that has been around for decades. This technology was used in the radio days, that just goes to show it's longevity and ability to stand the test of time. Even though we are headed into the future I believe that any future data transmission methods will adhere to this kind of principle.

By Realited — On Nov 12, 2014

@Contentum - I believe the encryption is a feature that's included on some models and not all of them. Although it is steadily becoming the standard for all routers regardless of make or manufacturer.

By Contentum — On Nov 11, 2014

If what this article states is correct then how can people have their internet traffic hacked when using routers like these which apparently come with encryption? Or does the encryption only pertain to a few models and such?

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