Stayin’ Alive Protocol Can Extend The Wi-Fi Range For Smart Devices
Researchers from Brigham Young University have developed a protocol that can extend the distance and reach of a connected device. Now, the Wi-Fi-enabled device can send and receive signals across as much as 60 meters. The main feature of this is that it requires no additional hardware and could be installed with a software update.
The new protocol is called On-Off Noise Power Communication and is programmed right on top of the existing Wi-Fi protocol using the same hardware.
While Wi-Fi generally requires a minimum speed of 1 Mbps, this protocol can work at 1 bit per second.
One piece of information is usually enough for most devices, simply to let them know to start or stop. Instead of replacing Wi-Fi, this protocol is to supplement it. Basically, only when the Stayin’ Alive protocol senses the lack of Wi-Fi connection, it will start transmitting data via ONPC. This concept could be applied to Bluetooth as well, according to the researchers.
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