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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In Case You Missed It: What’s New With Blue This Summer

The Bluetooth® developer community is always pushing the technology forward, and this summer has…

Why Bluetooth Technology Is Lighting the Way

For years, there has been a widely held opinion that when it comes to…

How Bluetooth Low Energy Roll-Cage Beacons are Disrupting Postal Logistic Services

With the explosion of ecommerce and the changes in consumer behavior as a result…

10 Resources That Showcase the Range and Reliability of Bluetooth Technology

Despite the overwhelming adoption of Bluetooth® technology across a wide range of global solutions…

Luminaire Level Lighting Controls and the Future of Healthy Buildings

As we build back from the pandemic, the building industry is rethinking how we…

Bluetooth Range and Reliability: Myth vs Fact

For years, Bluetooth® technology enhanced the lives of millions of people around the world, becoming…

How COVID-19 Changed the Way Location Services Solutions Are Implemented

Kontakt.io, a global innovator of indoor location services, serves more than 2,000 customers across…

The Role of Lighting in Smart Buildings

Undoubtedly, everyone is aware of two types of lighting, i.e., wired and wireless. It…

Building Automation: Achieving Energy Savings of Over 90 Percent With Smart Lighting Sensors and Bluetooth Mesh

Intelligent sensors are becoming increasingly important in building technology. Modern sensor technology with high-performance…

Understanding Bluetooth® Internet Gateways for IoT Solutions

Bluetooth® technology is used by nearly 40% of all Internet of Things (IoT) devices.…

Bluetooth® Technology and the Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Millions of people have installed smartphone applications which are designed to notify users if…

How to Unlock the Full Potential of Networked Lighting Control Systems

A revolution is at hand. Intelligent luminaires are expanding beyond the standard on/off and…

State-Of-The-Art Smart Lighting In A Peace-Of-Mind Package

Retrofitting an energy efficient lighting scheme can involve a lot of upheaval and, with…

Intelligent Light Solutions For The Albrecht Dürer Exhibition

Intelligent light solution for the exhibition of Albrecht Dürer’s precious engravings at Palazzo Sturm,…

DALI Alliance intros new Bluetooth gateway spec for in-building mesh networks

The DALI Alliance, the trade group representing the DALI smart-lighting interface, has released a…

Connecting Today's Hospitals Using Bluetooth Technology

Smart medical devices and IoT applications in healthcare make it easy for medical staff…

Bluetooth mesh integrated in LED fixtures serves 22-story Minnesota office building

EMC, Silvair, and McWong have partnered to retrofit a 470,317-sq. ft office building with…

Revolutionizing IIoT with Bluetooth Technology

Today’s industrial enterprises are leveraging the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)…

2021 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.

How Bluetooth® Technology is Enabling Safe Return Strategies in a COVID-19 Era

This report shares insight into how Bluetooth® technology is being leveraged by organizations of all sizes to…

Designing and Developing Bluetooth® Internet Gateways

Learn about Bluetooth internet gateways, how to make them secure and scalable, and design and implement your own working prototype gateway and web application for use with either Bluetooth LE Peripherals or with Bluetooth mesh networks.

How Wireless Technology Is Enabling the Adoption of Commercial Connected Lighting

This report on commercial connected lighting systems developed by Guidehouse Insights analysts shares perspectives…

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.

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.

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