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Engineering the Connected Home with Molex antenna solutions

In the Internet of Things (IoT), connection isn’t a luxury: it’s a necessity. Luckily, even a single antenna can transmit and receive unprecedented amounts of data. Antennas are the unsung hero of the ever-changing world of IoT, from home automation to energy solutions and surveillance products.

Today’s home has to do more than look good — it has to seamlessly communicate with all of the appliances inside.

High expectations for the modern home mean engineers have to grapple with home automation needs from a variety of systems, including:

  • Lighting solutions and connected outlets 
  • Security and surveillance endpoints such as door locks to smoke detectors 
  • Energy and utility devices such as thermostats and weather stations.

Yet with the right design, hardware and help, the dream of tomorrow’s fully connected home can become a reality today.

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The world doesn't work without wireless—and that's no easy feat

Antennas guide electromagnetic waves to unguided electromagnetic waves and vice versa. To work for the connected home, they also have to exist amongst an array of devices with wireless protocols driven by range, data usage requirement or power consumption. Antenna design depends on:

Communication frequency

 

Antenna patterns and shapes have to be designed to match a specific frequency or bandwidth. Higher data rates require more power and higher frequency.

Antenna location

 

Antennas can be mounted onto PCBs, embedded into coaxial cables, ruggedised for exposure to weather and harsh environments or sit completely outside of a smart device.

Size, shape of deployment

 

The desired location of the antenna dictates not only the different antenna choices, but also materials and shapes.

Use case for consumers

 

How you use the antenna impacts a device's aesthetic and design in order to create optimal performance.

 

That’s just the antennas. A sampling of components for the Connected Home ranges from I/Os to plug connectors, modular jacks, connectors and microminiatures.

Avnet Abacus and Molex: Connecting the dots on the Connected Home

Avnet Abacus' extensive team of technical specialists offer design and solution support to engineers with interconnect, sensors, wireless, passive, power supplies and battery products. Molex offers electronic components and solutions and has acquired technologies from software to firmware. Together we bring you a portfolio of high-performing solutions and associated technologies that enable you to transform concepts into smart, connected designs across a wide range of applications.

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"By 2022 five billion sensors will be installed in smart homes globally. That’s according to market research firm ABI Research. But this is not the only component of the growth of the smart home. At Molex, we see the smart home as just one aspect of the fully integrated Internet of Things (IoT)." Bart van Ettinger, Vice President Connected Devices, Molex


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