Wi-Fi Doesn’t Hold A Candle To Much Faster Li-Fi Technology

Li-Fi technology tested 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

If you haven’t heard, there’s a new wireless Internet technology that leaves Wi-Fi speeds in the dust. Li-Fi, which is short for Light Fidelity, was created in 2011 by Harald Haas of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The technology is an LED-based alternative to Wi-Fi described by Science Alert as an “incredibly advanced form of Morse code.” Scientists of Estonian tech company Velmenni have now tested Li-Fi in a real-world environment, where it proved to be 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

Li-Fi technology works through Visible Light Communication, using visible light from 400 to 800 terahertz to transport data at high speeds. The Li-Fi test run, which took place at Velmenni’s offices in Tallinn, Estonia, resulted in a few promising revelations about how the fully networked high-speed communication technology performs in the real world. During the trial, scientists clocked Li-Fi at a top speed of 1GB per second, breaking the previous record of 224 gigabits per second held by Wi-Fi. What’s more, the trial also confirmed that Li-Fi technology is significantly more secure than Wi-Fi. This is because light, and in this case the data that it carries, can’t travel through walls.

Discussing the new Li-Fi trial with IBTimes UK, Velmenni CEO Deepak Solanki states, “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.” Though the results of the Li-Fi trial have been stellar thus far, don’t start counting down to the demise of Wi-Fi just yet. Due to the high costs of replacing Wi-Fi, it wouldn’t be pragmatic to get rid of it and implement Li-Fi across the board. Instead, scientists are working on a way to make our mobile devices Li-Fi-compatible. The two technologies could potentially be combined in the future to form a single, more secure wireless technology.

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A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and TheSource.com. He has written for XXL magazine, Complex.com and BET.com, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.