Smarter approach to Wi-Fi management: Hybrid Cloud-Edge Architecture

Smarter approach to Wi-Fi management: Hybrid Cloud-Edge Architecture

The growing demand for managed home Wi-Fi solutions

Considering the constantly evolving patterns of Wi-Fi consumption in each household, service providers require a managed Wi-Fi solution that enhances the end-to-end experience and dynamically adjusts to the circumstances for each individual and every device.

The benefits of Wi-Fi management in the cloud are well known. It brings flexibility and scalability. But to overcome the drawbacks of relying solely on cloud, Airties chooses a hybrid cloud-edge approach to network management.  

The benefits of a hybrid cloud-edge architecture

  • Real-time optimization for the best user experience: Intelligent edge software enables dynamic home Wi-Fi optimization, based on individual needs. It incorporates band steering, mesh topology optimization, and prioritizing specific application sessions, ensuring a consistently excellent Wi-Fi experience for all devices and applications.
  • Scalability and cost-effectiveness: Wi-Fi optimization requires processing extensive real-time data, making cloud-only architecture costly. A hybrid approach uses cloud computing for long-term analytics, while edge software handles immediate actions, ensuring strong, glitch-free connections and optimal user experiences in each home.
  • Improved latency management: Hybrid-cloud edge architecture enhances latency by managing local conditions in real-time on the gateway and extenders. This dynamic optimization caters to each device’s needs, saving milliseconds that cloud-only decision-making might consume, preventing streaming interruptions and lags in video calls and gaming.
  • Additional security and sustainability: By transferring some of the processing from cloud to edge devices, the hybrid cloud-edge model enables a more sustainable approach. It also allows sensitive user data to be stored locally, reassuring subscribers apprehensive about storing all data in the cloud.
  • Resilient operations and continuity: If the cloud connection is lost, the Airties solution ensures the Wi-Fi home network continues to function due to the local intelligence within the edge software.


How does it work?

Airties’ approach is to split the functionality across the cloud and edge platforms – utilizing the cloud for AI data analytics that monitor and optimize the overall Wi-Fi experience, and the real-time edge software to provide a centralized controller for the home-wide network. This can then be used to optimize data collection as well as provide real-time steering, mesh topology optimization, and quality of service management.  

With real-time, dynamic adjustment to the ever-changing requirements of the home network, the local Airties Edge Software provides a smooth Wi-Fi experience to consumers free from the latency that occurs when all optimization decisions are made through the cloud. 

Watch the video to learn more about Hybrid Cloud and Edge Architecture from Airties:

Article by:

Jos Delbar,

Head of Product Management & Data, Airties