Let's Talk Locators!

Does Bluetooth REALLY only work up to 35 feet!?

Joshua Lippiner @ 2019-01-07 16:13:31 -0500

Bluetooth was designed for short-range communication and can function between 30 feet when walls are present or up to 1,000 feet outside in a field.

Bluetooth was originally designed to exchange a lot of data at close range in continuous, streaming data applications. The devices are able to both send and receive data at the same time. This is perfect for many common consumer products, such as computer headsets or small locating devices, like Ping Home and Tile, where the two devices are close together.

There are actually three different "classes" of Bluetooth devices: 

BLUETOOTH 
V2.1 
BLUETOOTH 4.0
(LE)
BLUETOOTH 5
(LE)
Range Up to 100 m Up to 100 m
Up to 400 m
Max range 
(free field)
Around 100 m
(class 2 outdoors)
Around 100 m
(outdoors)
Around 1,000m
(outdoors)

 

Most personal Bluetooth locators use Bluetooth 4.0, which can work up to 100 meters (300 feet) when unobstructed, meaning no walls to communicate between.  In real-world scenarios, like in a home or office, you typically get between 35 - 60 feet.

But don't take our word for it, look at what our competitors list as their range.  Make sure you are fully educated about the advantages and short comings of Bluetooth if you need something that will work beyond a few hundred feet from your phone:

Tile

https://support.thetileapp.com/hc/en-us/articles/200991837-What-s-Tile-s-range-

Chipolo

https://support.chipolo.net/hc/en-us/articles/208791409-What-is-the-working-range-of-Chipolo-