Bluetooth: What Are the Best Uses for This Tech?
Before there was Wi-Fi for wireless sharing, there was infrared and Bluetooth sharing. Bluetooth technology quickly dominated in terms of adoption by the masses because of its range, data transfer speeds, and convenience. There was no longer a need to keep two phones joined at the hip.
As a wireless service that introduced long-range sharing to the public, it is safe to say that Bluetooth technology and its wireless data transfer capabilities are the very foundation on which modern data sharing techniques rely.
Although the most common use of Bluetooth technology these days is audio devices like speakers, headsets, earpieces, and wireless peripherals that connect to your computers such as your mouse or keyboard, Bluetooth technology has an extremely versatile set of uses in the commercial and industrial sector.
Bluetooth Wireless Service – A Quick Overview
Bluetooth technology is based on using radio frequencies for sharing 1’s and 0’s within a short range. Unlike infrared, which was a popular data transfer method at the same initial period, there is no Bluetooth burst. Instead, there’s a cloud of sorts. Typically, the range for a Bluetooth device is about 30 feet; however, there are some industrial-strength Bluetooth (4.0) signals that can create a cloud extending up to 320 feet.
A Bluetooth connection can sustain up to 8 devices at a time. This low bandwidth means low power consumption even at the extended range.
Bluetooth Technology – Applications
Some core functions that Bluetooth technology has been known to perform well include:
Wireless Desktop Applications
As mentioned above, peripheral devices can be connected to computers via Bluetooth. These devices are not limited to keyboards, pointer devices like mice, speakers, and printers. Bluetooth technology is also used to connect laptops to complex machinery, monitor rooms remotely, control widgets, and more.
Bluetooth connections are relatively safer than Wi-Fi or cellular connections because of the limited range. Fortunately, its downfall (limited range) is something that promises limited to no access to intruders. Departments can synchronize devices and applications automatically across the board within a particular range, letting them run overnight or continuously in the background and keep data updated at the same time.
In 2020, one-third of all IoT devices use an exclusive Bluetooth connection to connect and perform a given function. A prime example of such an application includes autonomous farming equipment, health monitors, smart factory equipment, biometric security scanners, and more.
You should note that Bluetooth networks can also be hacked into. The system is only as secure as your configuration and encryption, but with a strong enough password or limited visibility, Bluetooth technology can be secure.
If you would like to learn more about how Bluetooth wireless service can help you make the most out of your network, give Americom network engineers a quick call today. Let us help you learn the difference between Wi-Fi, Cellular, and Bluetooth networks, and which ones will suit your needs and budget!