While Bluetooth® connectivity is most readily known for its short-range wireless capabilities, for years, innovators around the globe have used the latest versions of Bluetooth specifications to create long-range wireless solutions. And while I could provide a list of reasons why Bluetooth technology is a good choice for ensuring reliable connections at greater distances, there’s no better proof than the analysis and tests conducted by the companies creating these long-range innovations.

Check out the articles, case studies, and test reports below that explore the full potential of Bluetooth range. And for a full list of all range resources, visit our Resource Center.

Texas Instruments

Article: How Does Bluetooth 5 Increase the Achievable Range of a Bluetooth Low Energy Connection?

Bluetooth technology is no longer a wireless protocol just for personal area networks (PAN). Three new data rates have been added to the spec, two of which are specifically tailored to increase the range of…Read more.

Nordic Semiconductor

Article: Things You Should Know About Bluetooth Range

If you’re considering using Bluetooth technology, here’s an outline of the primary factors that determine the effective range of Bluetooth communications, plus some ways to improve it with networking. This article is now updated with the addition of…Read more.

Article: Tested by Nordic: Bluetooth Long Range

We demystify the long-range capabilities of Bluetooth Low Energy with a range test you can repeat for yourself. Before the launch of Bluetooth 5, there was just one way to increase range in your Bluetooth Low Energy product: By increasing radio…Read more.

Silicon Labs

White Paper: Bluetooth 5, Refined for the IoT

This whitepaper introduces the new features of Bluetooth 5 technology and how they enable the next wave of IoT applications. The hallmark features of Bluetooth 5 include twice the speed, four times range, and eight times the advertising capacity for long…Read more.

Quuppa

Article: Bluetooth for RTLS: Coverage vs Range

Unfortunately, the deployment of Bluetooth solutions is hindered by a common misconception about the technology: that Bluetooth is just a Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) technology and the distance between the transmitter and receiver is…Read more.

u-blox

Article: Seven Reasons Why Bluetooth is Perfect for the Industrial IoT

Amid all the excitement around Bluetooth in the consumer space, the fact that it’s also incredibly well‑suited for smart industrial use gets less attention. We wanted to shine a light on this, so have come up with seven reasons…Read more.

Article: Bluetooth: Tried and Tested in the Harshest Environments

The technology has reinvented itself time and again, most recently with the release of the Bluetooth 5 specifications in December 2016, augmenting its feature set and strengthening its position to serve new use cases. But what…Read more.

UnSeen Technologies 

Test Report: Bluetooth 5 – Real-Life Test Report

This whitepaper contains information about the new Bluetooth 5 wireless technology and about testing the operating range in real life. The report includes the following information: How Bluetooth 5 boosts the wireless connection operating range, tools to…Read more.

Fanstel

Test Report: Bluetooth Range Measurement and Recommendation for Deployment

When a Bluetooth signal is reflected by a surface inside the first Fresnel zone, it arrives at the receiver out of phase with the direct Bluetooth signal, reducing the signal amplitude. If there is no obstruction inside 60%…Read more.

Laird Connectivity

Test Report: Laird Range Testing

Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) is designed for use within Personal Area Networks (PANs) utilizing a Bluetooth v5 and feature called LE coded; Bluetooth LE connections are now capable of a much greater range than…Read more.

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For Your Legacy Applications, Getting Smart Means Going Wireless

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Breakdown or Breakthrough: Gaining Critical Machine Condition Insights with IoT Sensors

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A Day at the Beach - Pushing Bluetooth Range to the Extremes

Bluetooth, now approaching its 12th generation at Bluetooth 5.2, has been carefully developed and…

Active Monitoring with Beacons in the Healthcare Industry

Hospitals will purchase 10% to 20% more equipment than they actually require. This level…

Bluetooth Location Services and High Accuracy Direction Finding

Watch Martin Woolley help developers go beyond theory to develop products and solutions that…

Discussing Bluetooth Range

Watch Nordic address some of the most common myths concerning Bluetooth range, discuss the…

Bluetooth Mesh Networking – A Practical Guide for Embedded Developers

Watch this in-depth overview of the Bluetooth mesh specifications that explores some new capabilities…

Using Location Data to Enhance Customer Experience

Real-time locating systems (RTLS), based on affordable Bluetooth® tags, offer tremendous possibilities for optimisation…

Four Approaches for Expanding the Range of Bluetooth

Bluetooth technology is seeing widespread adoption in IoT applications. However, these implementations often require…

2020 Bluetooth Market Update

Supported by updated forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, the Bluetooth Market Update highlights the latest Bluetooth trends and forecasts.

Scaling Up Wireless Lighting Controls- 120,000 Sq Feet Illuminated by Bluetooth Mesh Luminaires

Located in the picturesque city of Red Deer, Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest…

Stratosphere Tower Gets a Lighting Retrofit

The Bluetooth mesh lighting control ecosystem continues to grow at an exponential rate. In…

How Cassia is Supporting Rapid Development of Bluetooth in the IIoT

For years, Cassia Networks has delivered reliable, long-range multiple-device connectivity, edge-processing, and location services…

ITON Technology Uses Bluetooth Mesh to Build a Large-Scale Device Network for Automated Control Applications

In recent years, the Bluetooth® mesh network has rapidly become the wireless connectivity platform…

Disrupting the Restoration Industry with Bluetooth

When Steven Kramer became aware of how antiquated water restoration operations had become in…

Top 5 Bluetooth Advancements From 2019

Every year, the Bluetooth® community makes major strides in wireless innovation, overcoming challenges and…

Bluetooth Location Services

See 8 use cases for enhancing building efficiencies and creating a better visitor experience, discover new data that supports the latest trends and forecasts, and find out what’s driving the rapid adoption of location services solutions.

2019 Bluetooth Market Update

Supported by updated forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, the Bluetooth Market Update highlights the latest Bluetooth trends and forecasts.

Lighting as a Platform

See how connected lighting systems are being used as a platform to enable advanced building services like wayfinding, asset tracking, and space utilization to improve the ROI of smart building investments.

An Introduction to the Bluetooth Mesh Proxy Function

Learn how to create applications for smartphones and other platforms which can monitor and control nodes in a Bluetooth mesh network.

Build a Smarter Building with Blue

See how Bluetooth increases reliability, reduces costs, and enhances your smart building ROI.

An Introduction to Bluetooth Beacons

Learn how to build your own Bluetooth beacon or integrate beacon technology into your existing products and apps.