Sif Homes: From the Founder's Perspective

Why should I care about this?

It impacts you if you’re reading/listening to this on an internet-enabled device connected over your home WiFi. Our generation has been called cord-cutters and rightly so as there are near 0 historical precedents of being so well connected via technology, wirelessly! Elon Musk, happily calls us a cybernetic collective. We’d just like to add that we’re a wireless cybernetic collective.

What made me think of starting Sif Homes?

In our quest for getting higher data speeds, better displays and more bandwidth, wirelessly, we’ve continued improving the underlying communication tech but we have begun hitting walls, literally and figuratively both. Let’s come to this wall later.

Questions to ask yourself!

Would all your smart TVs, smart home devices, smartphones, iPads and 20 other sensors and home security systems work well from different parts of your home with just one router and nothing else? Definitely not.

Should you need to figure out where to put WiFi extenders, smart home hubs and mesh router nodes in your home? No, that’s terrible UX.

Would you agree that our bandwidth needs will keep growing as display quality improves as we consume more video and as we put in more smart home devices and sensors to improve our technology experience? Probably yes.

To understand why we answered the questions the way we did, we need to understand about channel capacity and frequencies.

Channel capacity

Channels are conceptually not very different from lanes on a highway. More lanes equals more traffic flow equals faster moving traffic. What if there was a hard limit on the number of lanes you could build? You get the idea, channel capacity is directly linked to number of simultaneous high speed wireless connections between routers and devices like smartphones/PCs/iPads.

Radio Frequency

The radio frequency used for creating channels puts hard limits on the channel capacity. Higher the frequencies, higher the channel capacity and higher the number of connected devices with high data speeds. Then where is the problem Mr. Scientist, one may ask? The problem arises when you use higher frequencies. Higher frequencies travel far lesser than lower frequencies. As for example: The highest frequency 5G is the one with the highest performance and it will satisfy our bandwidth needs for a decade or two, but it will never cross a wall. Yes the same wall you see around yourself, 5G signal won’t cross that wall. And similarly, even higher frequencies won’t either. One needs to operate in the lower frequencies of the radio frequency spectrum to cross walls. But lower frequencies can’t support our increasing data needs. So yes, we’re hitting the wall literally and figuratively. As we go towards higher frequencies we’d need to put in an access point at every room level of our homes. But a router in every room would look ugly, wouldn’t it? And you don’t want the router to determine which rooms of your home you live, work and play in.

So, Finally What is Sif Homes?

Sif homes is a Silicon Valley based IoT startup that’s building electronic design and software architecture, to ensure that everyday objects can carry the necessary technology, to satisfy your higher bandwidth needs now and well into the future. Sif would eventually alleviate you from worries like how and where to put routers, mesh nodes, network extenders, smart home hubs and smart home devices. Just like your home comes with basics like water and power today, Sif will add a wireless network to that basics list and every home gadget would get the connectivity it needs by default, just like that!

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