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LoRaWAN vs. WiFi HaLow

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What is WiFi HaLow stand for?

Wi-Fi HaLow (pronounced “HAY-low”) is a marketing name used for products that utilize the IEEE 802.11ah wireless technology, which offers longer range and lower power connectivity than traditional WiFi-certified products.

Here are some conclusions compared between LoRa vs, WiFi HoLow

1. Transmission Range:

LoRa: Designed for extremely long-range communication, LoRa can reach distances of several kilometers in rural areas and up to several hundred meters in urban environments.

Wi-Fi HaLow: While Wi-Fi HaLow offers better range compared to conventional Wi-Fi, it doesn’t cover distances as extensive as LoRa. It operates in the range of hundreds of meters.

2. Data Rate:

LoRa: It has a low data rate, typically in the range of a few Kbps, which is ideal for small packets of data transmitted periodically.

Wi-Fi HaLow: Wi-Fi HaLow provides relatively higher data rates compared to LoRa, typically in the range of tens of megabits per second (Mbps).

3. Operating Frequencies:

LoRa: Operates in the sub-GHz frequency bands, such as 433 MHz, 868 MHz, or 915 MHz, depending on the region.

Wi-Fi HaLow: Operates in the 900 MHz band and is specifically designed to minimize interference.

4. Power Consumption:

LoRa: LoRa devices are known for ultra-low power consumption, making them suitable for battery-operated devices in remote or low-maintenance areas.

Wi-Fi HaLow: While it’s designed for lower power consumption compared to traditional Wi-Fi, it might not match the ultra-low power consumption of LoRa in some applications.  

5. Network Infrastructure:

LoRa: LoRa networks are typically implemented as Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and often rely on a star-of-stars network topology.

Wi-Fi HaLow: Leverages existing Wi-Fi infrastructure with modified protocols and is typically structured in a more traditional Wi-Fi access point setup.

Hope the sharing will help in choosing suitable technology based on the specific requirements of your application, whether it’s long-range communication with minimal power consumption (LoRa) or higher data rates with moderate power usage (Wi-Fi HaLow).

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