Environmental factors cause the vast majority of problems people experience when using wireless radio technology for communication. Designers also often experience difficulties reproducing environmentally related issues because the environment is constantly changing.
The presence of people, vehicles, humidity, trees, foliage and movement can all affect the way a radio signal works.
WiConnect incorporates a number of techniques to minimise many of these environmental factors, which in turn can increase the range, robustness and reliability of a communications data link. Antenna Diversity is one of the techniques employed by WiConnect and may be implemented with very little incremental cost to the design of a connected device.
Environmental factors impact the range and robustness of all radio links and this is due to a few key factors:
- Multipath / Fading
- Antenna Polarization
- Movement of transmitters / receivers relative to one another
In summary WiConnect's Antenna Diversity feature is designed to choose the best antenna to counter the effects of multipath and antenna polarization, improving both link and connection quality. This benefit can increase coverage, range and eliminate dead spots.