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Best wireless standard for your application?

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There are now many competing wireless standards, each with its own advantages and disadvantages in battery power consumption, transmission distance, and applicability to different uses. Which is the best wireless standard for your application? Download this whitepaper.

Voler Wireless Standards Whitepaper

Competing wireless standards

There are many competing wireless standards including cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, LoRa and SigFox. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, so depending on your application, it is important to choose the optimal technology.

Best wireless standard for your application?
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Wireless technologies

There are now many competing standards, each with its owns advantages and disadvantages in battery power consumption, transmission distance, and applicability to different uses.

BLE Bluetooth Zigbee LoRa WAN SigFpx Wi-Fi Cellular NB-IoT LTE-M

Range

Short (3-10 meters)

Short (3-10 meters unless the power is increased)

Medium range upto 100 meters

Long, 2m-45km

Long, 10-50km

Medium range up tp 100 meters

Long, 1-10km

Long, 1–50 km

Long, 1–50 km

Operating Frequency

2.4 to 2.485 GHz

2.4 to 2.485 GHz

868 MHz (EU, Japan) 915 MHz (ISM, US) 2.4 GHz (worldwide)

109,433,868,902-928 MHz

868MHz,902-928 MHz

2.4 & 5GHz

1G, 2G, 3G, 4G. LTE, & 5G

451 to 2200 MHz

455 to 2500 MHz

Data Rate

Low 35 kbit/s

Low and hogh 1-3 Mbit/s

Low 250k bit/s

Low 300-50k bit/s uses Chirp

Low 300bit/s BPSK,GFSK

High

High

Medium 200K Kb/s

Medium 1 Mb/s

Supports Video Data Rate

No

Limited

Limited

No

No

HD video

HD video

Limited

Limited

Supports Voice & Text

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cost

Very low cost

Very low cost

Low cost parts,implementation can be expensive

Very low cost

Very low cost

Low cost with new Wi-Fi modules

Med cost

Low cost

Low cost

Power Consumption

Very low power Sleep mode

Low power Sleep mode Long wake-up time

Low power Sleep mode

Very low power Sleep mode

Low power Sleep mode

Generally not suited to battery applications,but some standards support low power

High

Low Power Sleep Mode

Low Power Sleep Mode

Network Topology

Point-to-point

Point-to-point

Point-to-point, star or mesh

Point-to-point, star or mesh

Point-to-point, star or mesh

Star

Star

Star

Star

Typical Applications

Widely used for short distances

Widely used for short distances

Widely used in industrial commercial applications like lighting control and process control

Increasing used fot IoT industrial and commercial applications

Text & low data, IoT applications like burglary alarms and tracking devices

Excels at carrying Ethernet signals wirelessly

Mobile phones and devices

IoT

IoT

About Voler Systems

Voler Systems provides R&D consulting from concept through smoothly moving new products into production. Since 1979, clients have turned to us for reliable new products involving sensors and measurement electronics. Our highly experienced team delivers high quality products on time and on budget. We have developed wearable devices, IoT devices, medical devices, consumer products, and other specialized sensor-based electronics and prototype circuits.

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