Embedded Wi-Fi – What is it?


Embedded systems are electronic devices that address a wide range of applications – including medical diagnostics, geological analysis, electronic surveillance, cash registers, and so on. They use microcontrollers to implement a portion of their functionality, and most of them communicate with the outside world – to other devices or control systems, or to a human interface. Connectivity through wireless means provides a great deal of flexibility to the embedded systems, and indeed, in many cases wireless is the only means possible. Embedded Wi-Fi is wireless connectivity based on the IEEE 802.11 standard integrated into embedded systems, providing a universal IP based networking that is future-proof, and enabling the ‘Internet of Things.’