The Internet of Things (IoT) is a quickly growing market segment, and IoT applications often require smaller size, lower cost, and lower power consumption to address many small-but-constant battery operated applications such as home automation controls, sensors, and medical devices. As a result, these devices offer a unique variety of connectivity options beyond what were available to once-typical wireless devices. One of these options involves choosing to create either a hosted or a hostless IoT Wi-Fi device.
While traditional Wi-Fi connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi modules that communicate with external host microcontrollers (MCUs) (a hosted solution), a module’s internal MCU also can act as a host with the application running from the internal memory (a hostless iot Wi-Fi solution).
Reliable hosted and hostless solutions all need simple onboarding processes and high-quality security mechanisms, but each solution has a variety of distinct benefits and challenges
As an IoT connectivity provider, how do you choose and implement a hosted or hostless solution?