Let’s discuss the similarities and differences in bandwidth, data rate and throughput. In the wireless industry, these words are used interchangeably and can sometimes be a little bit confusing. All three of these terms help define the speed at which a device or network sends and receives data. Let’s define them and then discuss the differences and similarities as we use them in the world of wireless.
At AvaLAN Wireless, we have done our best to design our products in such a way as to push the limits of possibility, sometimes even venturing into the realms of the unfathomable. However, the Laws of Physics and the Universe still govern much of what we can and cannot do. We still have limits. The trick to making the most of our products is to know those limits. Knowing your limitations is not just beneficial to your project, it is crucial to its success. Knowing your limitations will save you time, money, effort, and especially frustration.
Bandwidth refers to how fast a device can send data over a single cable usually measured in bits per second. A great example of bandwidth is to imagine a Four-lane highway with traffic going in the same direction. The total width of the highway determines how many cars if side-by-side can fit on the road.
When it comes to understanding wireless connectivity, you first need to understand that not all types of wireless applications are equal. Without a good working knowledge of wireless technology, it sometimes gets difficult to understand which type of wireless band radio should be employed to maximize connectivity in a particular situation. Since each wireless network behaves differently and is capable of emitting different strengths and weaknesses, it is always a good idea to calculate the requirement prior to choosing the most reliable connection.
Buying the right kind of wireless device requires an efficient knowledge of the frequencies they will be operated at. Now, the big question is – are 5.8 GHz radios better than 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz models. This would require a certain degree of information gathering before you make the final decision.