Netgear Wireless MIMO Internals

The Netgear "RangeMax" MIMO pre-802.11n wireless access point was on display in this demo at CES. Using LEDs to show how each antenna looks at signals from different directions, the Multiple-In-Multiple-Out technology configures the seven embedded circuit-board arrays into one of 127 different beam patterns. When a user accesses the AP from different rooms in the house the beam pattern shifts to find the best combination of antennas for that user. Netgear says the access point will have no external antennas and will look a lot like one of their 8-port switches (without all the lights and Ethernet ports) when it's released later this spring.

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