Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday January 10, 2016

Wi-Fi HaLow: Long-Range, Low-Power Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.11ah’s throughput is only 100 Kb/s, but that’s because it’s meant for Internet-of-Things devices like household lights and sensors.

The Wi-Fi HaLow technology was designed to enable communications between devices at longer distances and/or in challenging environments (with many barriers) using relatively low amounts of power. The tech could challenge both Bluetooth and cellular networks eventually since it combines the best of both worlds: low power operation as well as relatively long range. Moreover, unlike Bluetooth and other short-range radio technologies, the 802.11ah can connect devices directly to the Internet.