NC State students use software to boost WiFi performance by as much as 700% 157 by Stefan Constantinescu on November 19, 2012 4:27 am 4 Say you’ve got one device, your laptop, connected to a WiFi network. The WiFi router feeding internet to your laptop has no problem handling all that traffic. But what happens when you’re at a conference and there are multiple people connected to the WiFi network, all trying to suck down as much data as possible? The WiFi router gets confused and doesn’t know who to prioritize, so it builds up a backlog of requests that takes time to process. Here’s where the students’ work comes in.