NETUP
The world's first Android app that speeds up mobile Internet by combining Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

Main Benefits

Netup makes mobile Internet faster, more reliable, and cheaper by intelligently combining Wi-Fi and cellular networks when most needed.

Consumer Benefits

Faster Mobile Internet

With Netup, you can enjoy all your favorite apps (YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Gmail, Chrome, etc.) at the combined speed of your Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks. Thus, your phone can now stream HD videos smoothly, download large email attachment in a snap, or simply browse the Internet faster.

Improved Reliability

Wireless networks vary significantly over time. By simultaneously using two networks, Netup also greatly improves the reliability of your Internet connection. This could, for example, prevent streaming video from buffering or improve your VoIP call when one network is unstable.

Data Cost Savings

Netup helps you to truly squeeze the free bandwidth out of any Wi-Fi network you can connect to. When Wi-Fi itself is not fast enough, you do not need to switch completely to your 3G/4G network because Netup lets you add to the Wi-Fi speed some of your cellular speed. As a result, you can save on your costly mobile data.

Key Features

Netup allows you to select specific apps to use with both networks, works seamlessly in the background, and provides detailed performance monitoring.

Fine Control

You may select all or only some important apps to boost automatically with both networks. Netup makes intelligent decisions about what network to use so as to minimize the cost of your mobile data plan. You may also make this decision on-the-fly to finely control when to add your cellular data, e.g., when Wi-Fi is slow and the app is stalling, and you have some spare cellular data.

Boosting in the Background

Netup works seamlessly in the background while you use your favorite apps as usual, but now much faster.

Performance Monitoring

Netup provides detailed usage and performance monitoring so that you can learn how to best utilize your networks for your apps.

Core Technology

Our award-winning patented technology is based on software on the mobile device and on the cloud. Behind the scenes, we utilize a highly scalable and cost efficient proxy server, intelligent packet scheduling algorithms, and application-specific optimizations, to bond networks and boost or steer all or selected apps, over multiple wireless networks.

Our Story

This is how we arrived at Netup.

  • 2011-2012

    University Research

    Netup's core technology originated from university research at the University of California, Irvine and EPFL, Switzerland. The original goal of the research was to utilize all available networks (Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth) to speed up video streaming to groups of mobile devices.

  • Nov 2012

    Shoelace Wireless was Born

    We formed Shoelace Wireless to commercialize and further develop the technology. The name "Shoelace Wireless" was inspired by the idea of "Tying Multiple Networks and Devices Together". The founding team included two EECS professors and two, then, graduate students from UC Irvine and EPFL. Soon after, Shoelace received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF SBIR) and from EPFL (Innogrant) and was incubated in the CalIT2 TechPortal.

  • Nov 2013

    VideoBee was Launched

    VideoBee was our first Android app that combines Wi-Fi and cellular on a single device as well as two devices within proximity of each other to stream videos faster.


    VideoBee users enjoyed the combined speed and data savings but indicated that they would like to be able to boost all traffic, not just video. You asked, we listened: our next app, Netup, does exactly that.

  • Dec 2014

    Launching Netup's Kickstarter Campaign.

    We have a working prototype of Netup but we need your support to scale up the app. We are launching the Kickstarter campaign and we ask for your support to help us to bring faster Internet to all Android devices. Back us on Kickstarter now!

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Our Team

This Netup project is currently led by Dr. Anh Le with the help of Prof. Athina Markopoulou at UC Irvine.

Anh Le

Co-Founder, CTO at Shoelace Wireless.
Ph.D. in Computer Science, UC Irvine.

Athina Markopoulou

Co-Founder at Shoelace Wireless.
Associate Professor in EECS at UC Irvine.

We have been conducting research and development on network protocols and algorithms for many years. Netup will bring some this expertise to your phone and will help speed up your mobile Internet.

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