WiFi headphones – what are they and how do they work. Well, this “How Do WiFi Headphones Work?” article is here to break it down. But first, to understand how WiFi headphones work, you’ll first have to understand how they fare compared to Bluetooth.
How Do WiFi Headphones Work?
WiFi works similar to Bluetooth. Both of these communication standards are wireless. They do differ in the way and means in which they are used.
Bluetooth is a wireless communication standard that allows for the transfer of data over a short distance – 30 feet or so – between two items. Usually one item is a mobile device paired to a more stationary item, like a pair of headphones and a computer. Bluetooth versions 4.2 and below are best suited for items that are in close proximity to one another. I say this because Bluetooth 5 was introduced not too long ago and it has the ability to reach much further distances, at faster speeds, transmitting larger amounts of data. When a network is created by two devices paired via Bluetooth it is called a personal area network or PAN. Bluetooth functions at about works at 2.4GHz frequency and can pair up to 7 devices at a time.
WiFi is a communication standard that is a means of connecting to the internet through networks, usually set up with computers for transfer of larger amounts of data in comparison to Bluetooth. The bandwith and bit-rate are much larger. The WiFi network created is called a WLAN which stands for wireless local area network and can work at frequencies of 2.4, 3.6 and 5 GHz and depending on the WiFi router can connect one to multiple devices at once.
So what does this mean for headphones?
WiFi headphones work by connecting to your network, which allots for much further distances of connectivity dependent on your version of Wi-Fi protocol applied and addition of antennas in the communication system, as Engineers Garage helps to explain. WiFi is also alot faster than Bluetooth operating at 250 Mbps while Bluetooth versions of 4.0 and below are operating at about 25Mbps. WiFi headphones also offer something that Bluetooth headphones can’t and that is the ability to connect to the internet, in doing so, WiFi headphones can essentially stream music from your favorite streaming services without the use of your cellphone. There are few WiFi headphones on the market. One that comes to mind is Streamz unveiled at CES a year ago. However, I think you should still be aware of the potential of WiFi headphones and obviously most how do they work?
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