Cellular Connectivity

In the growing and developing IoT world, Wi-Fi is a critical component of smart devices wireless connectivity. When the Wi-Fi connection is interrupted or, in worse cases, does not exist, IoT products cannot function properly and the “easy life” they are supposed to create for us, becomes more like a hassle.

Today, most connected products rely on Wi-Fi for connectivity and although it has become the gold standard for connectivity in the home, it does have its challenges:

  • Limited Range: It is not uncommon for consumers to experience “blackspots” and weak signals in parts of their homes due to the nature of Wi-Fi. Outside of the home, Wi-Fi does not always provide a robust connectivity solution.
  • Security: Many Wi-Fi networks are not secure enough and do not use the latest encryption methods. Also, many IT managers do not allow IoT devices on their Wi-Fi network, since it’s almost impossible for them to assure a secure usage of the network by these devices.
  • Reliability: At some point, most consumers have had to reboot a home router, lost Wi-Fi internet access, and gone through the frustrating process of trying to pair a connected device to a Wi-Fi network. In fact, more than half of U.S. consumers have frequent problems with their Wi-Fi connections.
  • Interference: As more and more clients are being added to the Wi-Fi network, connectivity becomes less and less reliable.
  • Installation: When setting up a Wi-Fi-based IoT device, there is a need to configure it by entering the network’s SSID and password. In many cases, this is the most challenging step of the installation.

It is unlikely that Wi-Fi standards will evolve to address all of these challenges.Therefore, IoT equipment manufacturers have started looking to for other technologies to bridge the gap. The cellular network is a great solution. 

GreenIQ is the first and only company in its market segment to understand that homeownerslandscaping professionals, and smart cities have to control landscape irrigation in locations with limited or even no Wi-Fi connectivity. Our unique Smart Garden Hub cellular model has continuous wireless connectivity, thus can be controlled by an app regardless of Wi-Fi availability on site. The Hub has an internal cellular modem, and an internal international SIM card that works almost anywhere on the globe with cellular coverage. Our current cellular models use HSPA (3.5G) standards, and later this year our 4G LTE-M version will hit the market.

A clear advantage of cellular connectivity is the short and easy installation process. Cellular connectivity doesn’t require pairing devices to the network and is much less prone to interference than a Wi-Fi connection.Once you connect your Smart Garden Hub to power, there is no wireless configuration or set up. It connects right out of the box. In addition, there is a complete separation between the Smart Garden Hub and the home or office network. OEMs developing connected home security systems also benefit from the added security since cellular-connected security systems are less likely to be targeted by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

And the most important advantage: Cellular offers more reliable connectivity and a documented lower Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF). In outdoor locations without Wi-Fi or with limited Wi-Fi connectivity, GreenIQ Smart Garden Hub cellular users enjoy continuous connectivity at all times.