If we must have this stuff, I'd prefer a shorter range, not a longer one.
Snooping neighbours doncha no
The Wi-Fi Alliance has formally unveiled the 802.11ah Wi-Fi standard, dubbed HaLow, which has been designed for low-power, high-range uses by connected Internet of Things devices. "Wi-Fi HaLow is well suited to meet the unique needs of the Smart Home, Smart City, and industrial markets because of its ability to operate using …
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There's plenty of other systems out there already aiming to fill this niche - LPWA (low power wide area) systems like weightless, Sigfox, CleanSlate have got a head start on HaLow and LTE-MTC is attacking from the operator end of the market - but even so, with 20 billion IoT devices (or so we're told) expected by 2025 there's more than enough of a market for all of them...
Yes, the proposed standard would only suit in USA and related countries which has a different bandplan. Europe has a small SRD band at 864MHz approx. USA has a large general band in what is 900MHz GSM. in Europe.
USA also SRD at about 385 MHz but Europe is 433 MHz (middle of USA & Europe 70cm Amateur band).
DECT Phones in Europe are 1900MHz. USA is a different band.
USA FRS and Europe UHF Licence free walkie talkies are also different bands.
You see illegal stuff all the time. FCC and European regulators are only interested in mobile revenue.
According to Wikipedia the 900MHz band is only for ITU Region 2, which means the Americas. Region 1 (Eurasia and Africa) have a 433MHz band, but the bandwidth available is only 1.74Mhz instead of 26, so many 900MHz applications aren't going to get the bandwidth they need there.
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