In early April, Dell announced Optimizer, their collection of solutions for hardware problems, especially for laptops. The collection will be based on their hardware technology and will include a multi-network connection.
One of the most exciting new features of the announcement was the hardware attachment for the new Dell laptops that enables multi-network connection. This means that the device can work on multiple Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections simultaneously.
As presented, this solution will improve these 3 main categories:
- cloud computing
The first two categories will bring significant benefits to users and media consumers, as well as streamers, content creators and game developers. With improved application bandwidth and efficiency, options like 8K streaming will become more viable.
But industry players are particularly interested in the benefits of cloud computing. For many industries that depend or could rely on storage or cloud computing, multi-network connections can be revolutionary.
Advantages of multi-network connection
A multi-network connection will improve streaming. It lets you use multiple mobile devices and supplement home Wi-Fi, so you can push a lot more bandwidth to a single device.
It can bring advances like 8K streaming, and it will also reduce the cost of connection for online creators. Once the technology is there, users will certainly be able to invent even more options with the additional bandwidth.
Better and faster games
Currently, internet speeds slightly limit the intensity of online gaming. Gigabit speeds are available, but the average download speed in the US, according to M-Lab, is only 8.9MB/s. Ookla also reports average speeds of 23.4MB/s.
This places the United States in 11and place globally. This is an acceptable speed for a country of this size, but others may not be so lucky. Most citizens, even in developed countries, will have slower connections and will not be able to stream full games without experiencing significant ping.
The era of multi-network connections will definitely improve the gaming experience. Developers will also push the boundaries with intense and immersive games.
Safer cloud computing
Having a multi-network connection is set to revolutionize cloud computing. This will make file downloads faster, more reliable, and more private. The multi-network connection will pull your data from two encrypted connections instead of one, and each connection will bring only part of the information.
If speeds increase, companies will start doing all their work in the cloud. In this case, no device has presumed to have access to data, which will greatly reduce the risk of leaks and weak points in cybersecurity.
What is a Multi-Network Internet Connection
As presented during the announcement, the system is quite simple. Instead of looking for software solutions, the new line of laptops will use hardware extensions combined with optimization software. For example, the new Optimizer system would not create an AHCI buffer in the device itself. Instead, it can be an internal router.
Yet the system does not route requests from one device to multiple servers around the world. Instead, it will combine feedback on these requests from multiple networks. Your Dell computer will require different packages of the same set over multiple connections (with applicable software).
For example, if you ask to stream a movie online and you have three connections: Wi-Fi, Ethernet and mobile. In this case, you wouldn’t ask each of them for the entire movie. Instead, the hardware will split requests based on internet speed and download a third of the information from each.
Although this process will not increase the bandwidth of each connection, they will all be added together. It will also work the same for uploads and downloads.
A similar solution was already somewhat available in large networking operations to increase bandwidth efficiency. Yet it will now require virtually no expertise and fit everything inside the laptop.
Evolution of speed and privacy
According to Dell data, the ExpressConnect multi-network connection will improve many aspects of using your laptop. This includes 20% faster P2P data transfers, 30% increased application data processing, 66% reduced buffering, and 800% increased video quality.
This is all due to what Dell calls ExpressResponse. It will use basic machine learning to predict the apps and networks you’ll be using, to make the experience smoother.
Additionally, the app will have smart privacy features that will protect you internally and externally. For example, your webcam will look behind you and blur your screen if someone is looking over your shoulder.
This will also run regular facial recognition scans to prevent anyone from accessing your device. For example, if an unknown person opens your laptop, your device won’t respond until it sees your face.
However, this solution has also been the subject of much criticism. For example, the laptop requires the webcam to work continuously, which in itself is a privacy risk. Dell predicts you’ll trust the company more than others, but that’s not enough for advanced users.
What All this means for users
For high-end individual users, the new Dell Optimizer bundle seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. If you can already configure your router for multiple connections, the optimizer will only expose you to new security risks.
For most business users, however, this Dell update will dramatically increase security, privacy and productivity. The optimizer will provide faster processing and better efficiency on specific applications, so workstations will be more optimized and require fewer security checks.
For example, you don’t need to perform cybersecurity checks on every device. The station does not include any data on its own and pulls everything from the cloud. If this operation becomes faster, more companies will use it as their primary mode of business.
Companies will also need to spend less time reviewing access, especially at remote stations. For this reason, access can be granted to specific people, so that other people cannot misuse their devices.
Finally, we can also say something about improving gaming abilities. Don’t get me wrong. Few gamers will buy the next-gen Dell Latitude laptop for gaming. But you can buy the Dell Latitude for work and use it for gaming on the side!.
Especially now, when game streaming services are on the rise, the significant improvement in bandwidth capabilities can remove the GPU requirements that made laptop gaming capabilities lag behind gaming PCs.
Requests for better bandwidth
If hardware/software solutions become mainstream, demands for better bandwidth will likely follow. Currently, only games and media impose requirements on internet service providers, but businesses could also follow suit.
Multi-network connections will open the door to 100% cloud-based businesses. These organizations will not retain any data on physical devices, which is also likely to improve access to remote work opportunities.
These developments will certainly push ISPs to follow the market. ISPs will push to improve internet speeds, even in remote areas, and they will make them cheaper and more accessible.