New Dell Software Lets You Run Two Internet Connections Simultaneously
Dell unveiled a host of new software technologies designed to make hybrid working arrangements more productive. The software suite is labeled Dell Optimizer and, in typical Dell fashion, a host of software tools are part of it. Since this is software for people working from home, all of the tools have a “make a Zoom call from my couch” scenario in mind. Despite the corporate angle that Dell takes here, which always induces a yawn or two, there’s a very interesting new feature: the ability to connect to two internet sources at the same time.
Dell calls this technology ExpressConnect and says it’s “the world’s first simultaneous multi-network connection.” The company claims that with dual network connections, everything will be faster and better. However, some of his claims are, well, laughable. For example, benefits include: 3x less buffering, 30% faster application and data processing, and 20% more data transfers. Buffering makes sense, but the other two are so vague they don’t mean anything. We saved the best for last though; Dell claims it will also give you 8x better video quality.
Now, maybe Dell laptops contain some sort of secret sauce, but 8x? Oh good? A slow connection can lower the resolution of the stream, but 8x seems like a pie in the sky.
Dell doesn’t explain how it got those numbers, unfortunately. Its website only states: “Based on testing conducted by Dell in June 2020, comparing performance with ExpressConnect enabled and disabled. Actual results may vary. It’s unfortunate that Dell didn’t provide more details on how it arrived at these numbers. Regardless of, we want it. No, not for Zoom calls, for games. As Gamer on PC points out, that sounds like pretty awesome for anyone hoping to maximize their bandwidth, and gaming over Wi-Fi is one area that could really benefit from it.
Now how do you actually use it? According to Dell, this is confusing. The company PR says two different things, noting that it “simultaneously sends and receives data and video traffic using two or more wired or wireless connections”. Wait, two or more? What?! We’re not sure how that would even be possible, unless you’re in an office with overlapping Wi-Fi networks. You can also hook up dual LAN connections, if your laptop supports it, which it doesn’t. You may be able to connect to both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band of your router. A different cover page says it only allows two connections, which seems more likely. Anyway, Dell also says you might need a USB Wi-Fi adapter to connect to the second Wi-Fi network. Also, the technology is only supported on certain Latitude laptops. , Optiplex, Precision Workstation and hardened. You can see which ones are supported at at the bottom of this page.