By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Wide-area Wi-Fi networks that rival private cellular networks are rarely heard of within the world of wireless. But in reality up to a mile of useful bi-directional Wi-Fi range is very much possible using intelligent antenna technology – and the cost benefits are immense. Krysp Wireless – Altai Technologies master distributor for the US and Canada – is focused on driving increased awareness about Super WiFi’s extended range and how it supports wide-area outdoor Wi-Fi services for – among other use cases – industrial automation.
Wi-Fi is the workhorse of the digital economy all over the world especially for the home and for the ‘carpeted enterprise’ – but what is less known is that Wi-Fi also can deliver cellular-like coverage outdoors at a fraction of the cost of cellular. Wide-area outdoor Wi-Fi is ideal for industrial automation (IoT) or even for wireless broadband (personal Internet access) for underserved communities.
The secret to delivering extended range Wi-Fi is the use of smart antenna systems capable of boosting link budgets for both uplink and downlink connectivity. Krysp Wirelesss – and its network of reseller partners – are deploying Altai’s patented ‘Super WiFi’ technology to deliver extended range that for example applies four integrated cross-polarised antennas (8 x 8:2 MIMO) and sophisticated signal processing to boost uplink signals by 16 dB and downlink signals by 13 dB relative to a standard 500 mW AP with two antennas. In addition to extending the range, this approach also supports superior throughput at range and mitigates interference, Krysp Wireless says.
“We can achieve about a mile of Wi-Fi range under near-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions. For industrial automation applications – like heavy manufacturing and container ports – the extended range means more often than not, only a handful of Super WiFi APs are needed to effectively serve a wide area effectively with strong throughput while meeting strict industrial requirements. The end result is a solution that in many cases easily competes with private cellular networks at a fraction of the cost,” says Eddie Mikhaili, CTO of Krysp Wireless.
For all the technical details (including test results) on how to achieve cellular-like performance and wide-area coverage with Wi-Fi register below to download the Altai Technologies White Paper: “Altai Smart Antenna Technology with link budget and diversity gain analysis.”
To learn more about Altai Technologies’ Super WiFi also reach out to Krysp Wireless solutions [email protected].