The visible light technology has a theoretical speed of 224 Gbps, but an Estonian firm managed to achieve a speed of 1 Gbps in an office environment.
Li-Fi has been getting quite a bit of attention lately after an Estonian startup firm Velmenni used this technology to generate speed up to 1 Gbps, which is 100 times faster than the speed of traditional Wi-Fi . Laboratory testing, on the other hand, revealed a theoretical data transfer rate of up to 224 Gbps. The company claims that it is already working with a private client to provide internet access to its offices through Li-Fi.
Deepak Solanki, CEO of the firm told the International Business Times UK that if everything goes well, then the consumer-ready version of the technology will be available within next three to four years.
Li-Fi needs a light source such as any Led blub and an internet connection along with the photo detector.
The major advantage of Li-Fi is that it can easily be used on airplanes and other places where traditional Wi-Fi cannot be used, as it does not interferes with radio signals.
With the amount of speed Li-Fi is offering, it seems that it will soon replace Wi-Fi, but do not get too excited yet, as there are various kinks that need to be ironed out before making it available for everyone. The major drawback of Li-Fi is that it uses light, which cannot pass through walls. Also, it may not work properly in outdoor locations as sunlight may affect its efficiency.
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