This new Wi-Fi technology with a 1km range is the future of long range IoT applications

Advertisement
This new Wi-Fi technology with a 1km range is the future of long range IoT applications
Unsplash
  • A new Wi-Fi technology has been developed that enables a range of up to 1km from the source.
  • The Wi-Fi HaLow recently got certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
  • This technology could benefit the IoT devices that require lesser data to be transferred across large areas.
The number of smart devices across homes and industries is increasing with the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT) and this has led to the need for connecting more devices to Wi-Fi across a larger area. To fulfil this requirement, a new Wi-Fi technology called Wi-Fi HaLow has been developed which is claimed to provide a range of up to 1km.

What is Wi-Fi HaLow?


Wi-Fi HaLow is developed to connect a large number of IoT products such as smart speakers, smart air-conditioners, and other industrial smart devices over a range of 1km from the access point. The technology has received certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance, the global organisation that certifies Wi-Fi-focused companies.

Interestingly, the Wi-Fi HaLow works with the current Wi-Fi protocols and can connect to existing smart devices. This new technology is being said to significantly improve the current Wi-Fi setup as it does not require new infrastructure.
Advertisement

How does it work?


In case you are wondering how the technology works, you should first note that it consumes less power than existing Wi-Fi networks. In terms of bandwidth, the Wi-Fi HaLow has been developed to work in the sub-1 GHz spectrum as opposed to the 2.4GHz to 5GHz standard Wi-Fi connections we use.

The low frequency of the Wi-Fi HaLow enables a longer wavelength, which allows it to transmit data over longer distances. But to achieve this, it compromises the data speeds, making it suitable for IoT products that require less data to operate.

Advertisement

Applications of Wi-Fi HaLow


The Wi-Fi HaLow can be used for various applications, such as connecting smart devices across homes and industries. It can also be used to connect and control products in smart cities, such as traffic signals, traffic monitors and others. It can also be used to connect sensors across large agricultural areas.

In terms of applications, the new Wi-Fi technology brings numerous benefits, however, this is not a replacement for the traditional Wi-Fi frequency that is used to transfer large amounts of data in a short span of time.

For now, we do not have any words on when this technology would be available commercially, but with its unending benefits, it could be around the corner.
Advertisement

SEE ALSO:
Realme is stepping into the premium smartphone segment to take on Samsung, Apple and others with its new offering
OnePlus 10 Pro may get 125W fast-charging tech along with four other phones next year
{{}}