LiFi’ is one of the commercial manifestations of short-range optical wireless communications using the visible spectrum. LiFi can, but is not always, associated with providing both lighting and communications. Current research demonstrates visible light communication data rates peaking in the 1-10 Gb/s range usually under controlled laboratory settings. Practical systems designed for commercial deployments are limited to the 10s or 100s of Mb/s or drop the lighting function to realize higher rates.
Due to the short range of LiFi, it typically will require multiple units (access points) to provide data and lighting coverage. Moreover, each AP requires high-speed backhaul. In this talk we consider the practical aspects of system deployment including data egress, data rates, and complementary status to other existing access media.