Inspired by how the term “Open Source” got coined, https://opensource.com/article/18/2/coining-term-open-source-software
I was thinking with the Particle.io new devices: the Argon, Boron and Xenon on their way, it might be a good time to coin a new term for the the various ranges we get with different devices and call it the IOT RANGE. By Jeremy Ellis, Feb 15, 2018 @rocksetta
I did some research and found this sensible site https://boundless.aerohive.com/technology/What-Is-The-Range-Of-Wi-Fi.html
Unfortunately, all that information is not very useful to me. What I would like to know is: inside and
outside realistic ranges in meters or feet for my devices.
Both change quite a bit. Inside Wifi is effected by number of users, walls, metal framing (Faraday cage), microwaves, concrete floors etc etc. Outside Wifi is very strange as some days you get great stability and other days I can barely leave my backyard.
So I am going to try to coin the set of values called the “IOT RANGE” for any device that communicates using any method or protocol.
After two years of using 15 photons daily in a wifi busy High School, In my opinion I would say the Photons IOT RANGE is about:
The Photon:Wifi IOT RANGE 3:10:20:60 meters (10:30:70:200 feet)
This should cause lots of controversy while people argue the values but in the end an average of peoples values may actually be useful.
The format would be
DEVICE:METHOD IOT RANGE inside bad day : normal inside : normal outside : fully outside including the Gateway perfect day and stable connection.
Values in both meters and feet in brackets would be polite but not needed as long as the unit is shown.
Would be interesting to see generic Bluetooth, Bluetooth5, cellular, 802.15.4 radio and Wifi IOT RANGES for various devices.
@jberi any thoughts?