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Li-Fi or Wi-Fi seems to be the question of the future as Estonian startup Velmenni successfully tested the new visible light connection-based technology.
Li-Fi is touted as the internet connection of the future. In the breakthrough tests of the Estonian startup Velmenni, Li-Fi delivered astonishing broadband speeds 100 times faster than the conventional Wi-Fi connections.
Admittedly, the tests were conducted under laboratory conditions and in a small-scale office environment. Which means it’s not the time to throw out that Wi-Fi router just yet. Li-Fi is based on visible light connection technology. During the tests, the technology yielded an astonishing speed of 224 Gbps under laboratory conditions. Outside of the laboratory, the Li-Fi connection reached 1Gbps speeds.
Deepak Solanki, the young CEO of the Estonian startup Velmenni declared that the Li-Fi solution is currently a smart-lighting technology fit for industrial environments in which communication can be done via the medium of light.
“We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting a Li-Fi network to access the Internet in their office space”,
stated CEO Deepak Solanki.
It is possible that in the next four years a Li-Fi network reaches consumers. However, even if this scenario plays out, there is still room for our conventional Wi-Fi router and network. Super-fast Internet at speeds as those demonstrated in the tests are the hallmark of Li-Fi. Thus, Li-Fi or Wi-Fi seems to be the question of the future.
For now, we would argue for both. Li-Fi offers blazing speeds. However, as the technology is based on light in the detriment of radio waves, it will be restricted to one room only. A new Li-Fi network must be set up for each room for connectivity. In turn, this adds to the security of a Li-Fi network. Also, those pesky neighbours won’t steal bandwidth anymore.
Still, buildings are designed to accommodate mostly Wi-Fi connections and networks before anything else. The problem of light pollution might also raise some walls to the promise of Li-Fi networks. The outdoors where sunlight is prevalent aren’t the best match for the new visible light connection-based technology.
With all these in mind, the best scenario for now is that once Li-Fi hits the market on a larger scale, it will coexist with Wi-Fi for a long time to come. With the former fit for niche environments, the latter still seems the most appropriate choice for general purposes.
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