Enabling Businesses

The following businesses would benefit from using 802.11ah technology:

Market Enablement

Many homes today have 802.11ac connected IoT devices, such as Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo, Nest, Apple HomePod , Google Home, Sonos Play, etc. These are the homes that are most likely to embrace new IoT technology and products.

The necessary foundation to enable 802.11ah for the home market is having 802.11ah seamlessly integrated into home Access Points. The sales challenge for Access Points can be partitioned into two classes: first time purchasers and upgraders. If 802.11ah support can be integrated into an Access Point with minimal additional cost, then first time purchasers will help rollout 802.11ah technology.

Users that are upgrading their current Access Points, represent a larger sales challenge. Once 802.11ah is integrated into home Access Points, there must be a key motivator for customers to upgrade. One such motivator is the upcoming release of the 802.11ax protocol. The 802.11ax protocol is the next generation of the 802.11ac protocol, using similar OFDM technology (OFDMA) which uses the channel space more efficiently and increases signal multiplexing from 256 QAM to 1024 QAM. 802.11ax greatly increases WiFi throughput by providing a throughput of 1.2 Gbps to a single device and providing 11 Gbps of MIMO aggregate throughput to an Access Point. The first 802.11ax Access Points will be released the later part of 2018. So from an 802.11ah market enablement perspective, it is important to get 802.11ah integrated into this next generation of Access Points.

802.11ah will enable the efficient use of battery powered sensors. These sensors can detect water leaks, gas leaks, and other environmental hazards and communicate this condition to the Smart Home management system, which in turn can communicate to a battery powered utility control IoT device that will turn off water or gas delivery to the home. Once these devices become available, it is likely that home insurance companies will give a discount to homes that are protected with these devices.

Products Enabled by 802.11ah

The two technology advantages of 802.11ah that enable IoT for the home market are: improved support for battery powered devices and longer range. Listed below are some possible 802.11ah IoT enabled devices for the home:

Safety / Maintenance:

These devices can communicate problem conditions to the Smart Home management system, which in turn can communicate take the appropriate action.



Extended WiFi phone coverage:

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