The advancement in technology is moving at a break-neck speed just like development taking place in Internet. Time will come that Wi-Fi will have a tight rival as Li-Fi emerges with capability to provide broadband speeds of up to 100 times faster than the commonly used Wi-Fi connection, but it will not supplant Wi-Fi router sooner or later, though.
Li-Fi pounces on visible light connection (VLC), where Velmenni tried out the technology in Tallinn, Estonia. The Estonian startup allegedly breached an impressive 224 Gbps in the laboratory and 1 Gbps elsewhere.
Deepak Solanki, CEO of Velmenni told International Business Times UK, “Currently, we have designed a smart-lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the Internet in their office space,” citing that a consumer-ready variant will release in around 3 to 4 years.
With the potential of ultra-fast Internet speed that Li-Fi will be providing, it appears like it is a finished deal, but don’t be too swift in disregarding Wi-Fi just yet.
Firstly, most of the buildings have already been built to put up Wi-Fi networks imply that it won’t be that relatively easy for Li-Fi to bring elsewhere.
Secondly, due to the technology employs light rather than radio waves, it won’t be able to traverse walls, which implies that its scope is in a number ways more restricted. Nevertheless, this also implies that the network is more stable, which stop to neighbors from stealing signal.
And last but definitely not the list, Li-Fi won’t function well outdoors, as sunlight could interrupt its signal.
With these factors, Li-Fi won’t totally dominate and eventually wipe out Wi-Fi. The pair will possibly be employed together, where Li-Fi will be employed for tasks that need a high-speed connection and Wi-Fi will be utilized for wide-ranging purposes.
Apart from being 100 times faster than the current net connection, Li-Fi has advantages as opposed to Wi-Fi, like being safe to utilize in hospitals or airplanes.
Feel free to watch the video below to view Harald Haas, the creator of Li-Fi, at a TED conference way back in 2011.