Driving Wi-Fi Based Connectivity for Low-Power IoT Applications

Siddarth Sundar - Senior Product Manager, Wi-Fi Solutions

Over the last two decades, Wi-Fi has transformed connectivity with more than 15 billion installed devices in the world.

Such a broad and pervasive installed base, along with its throughput capabilities and native IP capabilities, makes Wi-Fi an attractive protocol for IoT wireless applications. However, a key limitation of most Wi-Fi based IoT systems is high power consumption. As Wi-Fi was primarily designed to optimize bandwidth, using traditional Wi-Fi in power constrained battery powered applications can be a significant challenge. This whitepaper discusses the factors contributing to Wi- Fi power consumption, different power saving modes, as well as design and hardware considerations for optimizing power consumption and extending battery life in IoT devices.

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