Look Out ZigBee, Here Comes 802.11ah

April 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM


This year the IEEE will be finalizing the new 802.11ah standard, an exciting development in the world of wireless sensor networking, and strong competition for ZigBee technology.


With the benefits of extended signal range, power efficiency and scalability, 802.11ah promises to expand the range of Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as expand the competitive marketplace of wireless networking technologies.


By operating on the 900 MHz frequency band, 802.11ah will be able to better penetrate walls and other obstructions offering longer distance reach than 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies.


Additionally, 802.11ah will work with moderately low cost battery powered sensors, which will support IoT applications. Data rates will range from 150 Kbps to 40 Mbps and limited on-time for sensors will increase battery life and power efficiency. 


Sensor networking is expected to be the primary use of 802.11ah.  Other future applications are to include smart-home and extended reach home Wi-Fi networks, industrial automation sensor networks, commercial network applications and wearable devices.


Full standardization is scheduled for early 2016.


As 802.11ah is launched, L-com will be there to support you with our wide selection of high quality 900 MHz antennas, 900 MHz RF Amplifiers, and 900 MHz splitters and filters.



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