Myrmidon Access Points

To make affordable WLANs capable of handling the large numbers of connections and high throughput most of us anticipate, I would like two classes of access point. The smart access points that we already have would work with many more much simpler and therefore much cheaper myrmidon access points that make most of the connections and shift most of the data. These two classes of access point must occupy the same space so that the advantages of each are always available.
To be cheap enough to be deployed in large numbers myrmidons must be very simple, specialising only in high numbers of connections and / or high throughput. Ideally they should also be small and use little power, but importantly they should require no individual human configuration or attention. As they need to coexist in the same space as smart Wi-Fi based APs they would be advantaged in using out-of-band wireless technologies like 802.11ad / WirelessHD / WiGig, DASH7, Zigbee, and Li-Fi. The sophistication they need but lack is delegated to specialised proximate controller devices. Each controller will orchestrate the configuration and behaviour of large numbers of myrmidons according to localised conditions and usage patterns, and in anticipation of events.
Right now I would like to be installing myrmidons. Desks are an obvious place, but the lower price of this capability enables it to be installed in many more locations. For example, it would be much more affordable to fit out large venue halls, sports stadiums, and outdoor locations such as car parks and playgrounds. It would also help low margin businesses such as mainstream hotels and high street shops to offer a better wireless connectivity experience. As the internet-of-things, low cost robotics, WPANs, BANs, wearables, and wireless sensors become more common so we will need this kind of WLAN.

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Update

This Wilocity chips sounds like a potential candidate to enable the client side connection to myrmidons

Smartphones Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi roaming

On 2013-09-24 there were 2449 smartphones listed by the Wi-Fi Alliance as Wi-Fi Certified

72 were listed as 5G Wi-Fi enabled i.e. 802.11ac

63 were listed as Passpoint Certified i.e. 802.11u

5G Wi-Fi is important primarily because its speed and range improvements in the less congested 5 GHz frequencies lead to a better experience. More 5G Wi-Fi networks need to be deployed.

Passpoint (Hotspot 2.0) is important because it enables ‘Wi-Fi roaming’. This automates login to diverse Wi-Fi networks. The effect is generally a faster connection than a mobile carrier can provide because of the rapid growth in mobile data usage. As a result it is sometimes called ‘mobile carrier offloading’ or ‘Wi-Fi offloading’.

The Wireless Broadband Alliance are promoting Wi-Fi roaming in their Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) project.