A perspective on IoT and Wi-Fi coexistence (WLAN Professionals Conference EU 2015)

Yours trully unexpectedly ended up talking at WLAN Professionals Conference Europe 2015 on a subject of IoT and Wi-Fi. I heard good feedback after the session, so you might be interesting in watching 16-min video yourselves. (Disclaimer: presentation on my own behalf and may not reflect the official position of my employer). If you find some context in my video unclear, you might want to view the video of David Coleman, as my talk was largely provoked by his presentation (the current state of IoT allows for more than one perspective on things). Let me know, what’s your perspective on this matter in comments!

BTW, it was my second time there (and a second ad-hoc talk) at WLPC EU, and I absolutely enjoy it. If you reside in Europe and you are into Wi-Fi, you want to be there next time! There were many interesting sessions at the conference, you can view all the recordings here: https://vimeo.com/keithrparsons/videos

Wi-Fi for IoT – a boon or a bane?

Internet of things is hot now. But what technology should be used to interconnect those devices? Over the years there were multiple contenders, but Wi-Fi was always a bit aside, since it was always perceived as not too energy-efficient. Until recently…

Here’s a picture from a chip maker Rockchip, claiming (claiming!) that their Wi-Fi chip is the most efficient, overperforming even the specially designed ZigBee and BLE chips.


While this seems as a reason to rejoice, promising greater speeds and technology convergence, I’d like to point one thing: 802.11b. Not n, not g, but b. Remember the protection modes, airtime fairness and other nightmares? They might come back in legions. And stay for what seems forever, as Rockchip claims “powering an IoT device for up to 35 years with a single AAA battery”.

What do you think? Is energy-efficient 802.11b chip a boon or a bane for modern WLANs?

P.S. News via SmallNetBuilder – excellent website, whose author is doing great job finding relevant news and testing devices. http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-news/32743-rockchip-unveils-iot-wi-fi-soc