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Differences Between Bluetooth 5 vs 4.2


Here are 7 comparisons to help you decide what work best for your device:

Speed

Bluetooth 5 is faster than Bluetooth 4 with the format having 2Mbps, twice the speed of Bluetooth 4 about 1 Mbps making the Bluetooth 5 able to meet one of IoT requirements. This is thanks to the 5Mbps bandwidth of the Bluetooth 5 in comparison to 2.1 Mbps of the Bluetooth 4.

 Bluetooth 4.2 Speed  vs 5.0 Speed

Bluetooth 4.0 Range vs 4.2 Range vs 5.0 Range

Bluetooth 4 supports 50m in outdoor range and 10m in indoor range making it low whilst Bluetooth 5 supports 200m in Line of Sight path in the outdoor environment and 40m in the indoor environment.

Bluetooth 4.0 Range vs 4.2 Range  vs 5.0 Range

Power requirement

The Bluetooth 5 has been formulated to use less power on your device compared to the Bluetooth 4. That means you can keep your Bluetooth switched on for a longer period of time and so much more compared to Bluetooth 4 which consumes more power than its newer counterpart.

Message Capacity

Bluetooth 5 has large Massage capacity about 255 bytes gives more bytes for actual data payload while the Bluetooth 4 has small message capacity of about 31 bytes which gives just 17 to 20 bytes for actual data payload.

Bluetooth beacon

Bluetooth 5 beacon has become more popular increase range and speed while with Bluetooth 4 beacons were less popular due to less speed and range as well as low Message capacity of 31 bytes.

Speed

Bluetooth 5 is faster than Bluetooth 4 with the format having 2Mbps, twice the speed of Bluetooth 4 about 1 Mbps making the Bluetooth 5 able to meet one of IoT requirements. This is thanks to the 5Mbps bandwidth of the Bluetooth 5 in comparison to 2.1 Mbps of the Bluetooth 4.

Support for IoT devices

Bluetooth 5 easily meets the requirements for IoT devices with its good range and increase in speed while Bluetooth 4 does not due to its low speed and start working range. That means IoT devices will work well with Bluetooth 5 and utilize all its features properly.

Compatibility

Bluetooth 4 works best with devices that are compatible with version 4 series but will not work with devices that have Bluetooth 5 while Bluetooth 5 backword compile with v1, v2, v3, v4, v4.1, and version 4.2 but will not utilize all the features of Bluetooth 5.

The Comparison Table shows how much Bluetooth 5 better from Bluetooth 4.2.

Bluetooth 5 vs Bluetooth 4.2

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