New Wi-Fi Standard Designed for Smart Homes and Gadgets – Re/code
It seems obvious: Wi-Fi already connects most gadgets in your home. So why wouldnâ€™t it connect your smart home gadgets, too? But while it sounds obvious, the companies making these connected gadgets have been reluctant to use Wi-Fi. Thatâ€™s because Wi-Fi requires a lot of power, and thatâ€™s a huge problem for any device that needs to be tiny, cheap, and able to run on a single charge for months or even years at a time.
So now, the group behind Wi-Fi is doing something about it. Itâ€™s announcing a new type of Wi-Fi today called Wi-Fi HaLow (pronounced â€œhaloâ€) thatâ€™s meant to work on low-power devices. Itâ€™ll travel farther and even do a better job of traveling through walls. Basically, itâ€™s an all around better option for smart home and IoT devices, at least if these claims hold up.
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