Light-based wireless technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

Li-Fi, which reaches speeds of 224 gigabits per second, is being tested in Estonia.

November 30, 2015 |
New wireless technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

How Li-Fi works. Illustration: Alejosemejiagp/Wikimedia Commons.

After achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second and data transmission rates of 1 GB per second, Li-Fi wireless technology is ready to escape the lab.

The technology, which uses visible light communication (VLC) to transmit data, is now available for trial use for offices and industrial centers in Tallinn, Estonia, according to Science Alert.

Li-Fi is approximately 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, and works by flickering an LED light rapidly (speeds imperceptible to the human eye) to transmit binary code. Other than Internet speed, advantages include increased security and less interference, as compared to Wi-Fi.

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