A Review of Internet of Things (IoT) Connectivity Techniques

  • Mudassar Ahmad
  • Atiab Ishtiaq
  • Muhammad Asif HabibEmail author
  • Syed Hassan Ahmed
Part of the EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing book series (EAISICC)


The Internet of Things (IoT) is spreading to virtually all everyday objects. Therefore, the best technology must be selected for IoT devices. This paper presents the state of the art of the best IoT connectivity technologies. The paper first discusses basic points like frequency bands, network range, and topologies that are necessary to know for the connection of IoT devices. In addition, the paper discusses basic connectivity technologies like traditional cellular networks, proprietary low-power wide-area (LPWA) technologies, cellular LPWA technologies, and short range technologies, their types, use, and range. When faced with the task of selecting any of these technologies for IoT applications, we need to understand them in all their aspects, which are divided into three main dimensions: ecosystem, technical, and commercial. Some technologies are better suited than others for different dimensions. No single technology is suitable for all purposes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mudassar Ahmad
    • 1
  • Atiab Ishtiaq
    • 1
  • Muhammad Asif Habib
    • 1
    Email author
  • Syed Hassan Ahmed
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNational Textile UniversityFaisalabadPakistan
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA

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