The next step in Wi-Fi technology is the adoption of a new Wi-Fi protocol that can extend nearly a kilometer and consume relatively less power.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, the worldwide standard for Wi-Fi devices, has now approved the application of this new Wi-Fi standard to everyday devices. This new standard is called Wi-Fi HaLow.
Why other Wi-Fi types?
The main reason for the development of this new protocol is as a support for the stable integration of increasingly used IoT devices, or Smart Devices (smart lights, security devices, etc.) that are always connected to the Internet, also known as sophisticated devices in English.
The Wi-Fi HaLow protocol is based on existing technology, so it has the advantage of being able to work with existing devices without difficulty.
How does Wi-Fi HaLow work?
If you’ve been in the router settings, you’ll see two frequencies, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. The 2.4 frequency is longer than the 5G, while the 5Ghz frequency transmits data at shorter distances but faster.
But this new protocol uses frequencies less than 1Ghz, which means it has the ability to extend long distances spontaneously. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, a Wi-Fi HaLow access point can network over 8000 devices within a radius of more than 1km.
However, due to its long range capabilities, data transmission speeds are lower than those of 2.4 and 5Ghz.
However, these targeted IoT devices are not devices that require high bandwidth, such as the average PC or smartphone. For example, smart door locks, light bulbs, CCTV cameras, etc., which are used as IoT devices in homes, consume very little data. Often these only require an ON / OFF signal.
What are the benefits?
Many similar smart devices are now being used in various industries, cities as well as farms. With Wi-Fi HaLow’s ability to extend long distances over a single network and at the same time navigate through various barriers, this new protocol will now make smart devices increasingly used by people to facilitate their work.