The Sharing Economy Goes Invisible with Wi-Fi

From Zipcar to AirBnB, the sharing economy has made us all look at cars, apartments and even clothes a little differently. And recently, that’s expanded to Wi-Fi.

With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones, Samsung introduced the Wi-Fi sharing feature. This new Wi-Fi sharing feature helps to extend the Wi-Fi coverage area by making the Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge as a Wi-Fi extender (or repeater). And the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus also included the same Wi-Fi sharing feature.

This is not a mobile hotspot. Rather, with Wi-Fi sharing, users can turn their mobile devices into Wi-Fi range extenders or repeaters. This extends the coverage of a particular Wi-Fi router, but also comes in handy when the number of connections on a particular Wi-Fi is limited. Great news if you’ve paid for the upgraded, faster Wi-Fi in a hotel or airport and want to share amongst your many devices.

Max WiFi could give this feature a further boost, literally. With the technical changes in the 6th generation of Wi-Fi, access points can handle many more devices at ever-increasing speeds. And these improvements also mean less battery drain from using—and sharing—Wi-Fi. As consumers, this looks like a very positive development and we can’t wait to see what other phone manufacturers have up their sleeves.