Bluetooth 5.0 Is Now Available: Two Times The Speed, Four Times The Range

By Michael Augustin , Updated Dec 09, 2016 10:53 AM EST
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Bluetooth 5.0 has been reportedly adopted by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This supposedly marks a future improvement over the popular wireless standard. However, this approval does not mean its immediate application, but consumers would most likely experience the new technology in two to six months.

Bluetooth 5.0 improvements

The new standard claims to feature a big improvement over its predecessor. Bluetooth.com states that it has two times more speed four times more range and eight times broadcast message capacity over the older standard. The new technology aims to improve wireless connectivity among smart devices. This could mean better household integration with multiple smart products like appliances and security. To summarize it greatly marks an overall advantage for the "Internet of Things" (IoT). It also claims to have reduced interference with other existing wireless devices, which allows it to coexist with other products.

Bluetooth 5.0 speed

The wireless standard claims a 2x increase in transfer speeds. Bluetooth 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 were able to transmit data wireless with a rated speed of 25Mbit per second. The 5.0 version will reportedly boost it up to 50Mbit per second.

Bluetooth 5.0 range

One of Bluetooth's limitations was its wireless range from version 3.0 to 4.0, the maximum distance it could sustain a connection was up to 200 feet. Please note that the measurement does not factor in interference like walls or other wireless devices. 5.0 pushes the distance up to 800 feet, which could allow devices to communicate even with multiple interference like walls inside a home. The technology would further improve connectivity between multiple smart devices and its control hub. It could propel home modernization faster and better.

Bluetooth 5.0 broadcast message capacity

An increase in the broadcast message capacity would contribute to the overall speed. The new technology escalates the size up to eight times over the older standard. Each packet carries more data, which requires a shorter timeframe for the devices to stay active. This could mean better power management and longer usage times.

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