The IEEE is busy working on a new standard which promises to extend the range of Wi-Fi connectivity.
802.11ah is being developed to address the need for extended signal range, power efficiency and scalability required by today's Wi-Fi networks. Standardization of 802.11ah is slated for early 2016.
802.11ah operates on the ISM 900 MHz frequency band which is better at penetrating walls and other obstructions than 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. Furthermore, 900 MHz offers longer distance reach than 2.4 and 5 GHz based systems. By utilizing 802.11ah access points, you will be able to extend the reach of your wireless signal with greater power efficiency.
802.11ah will also provide support for IoT applications as it is designed to work with relatively low cost battery powered sensors. With a minimum data rate of 150 Kbps the result is short bursty packets which result in limited on-time for sensors increasing battery life and power efficiency. 802.11ah will be a direct competitor of the already seasoned ZigBee technology as well as Z-wave which are both used in mainly sensor networks found in industrial, commercial and residential applications.
Some future applications for 802.11ah include smart-home and extended reach home Wi-Fi networks, industrial automation sensor networks, commercial network applications and wearable devices.
When 802.11ah becomes standardized and 802.11ah devices are deployed in the months to come,
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