Understanding DECT 6.0 And Cordless Technology

By | March 19, 2014

Maybe you’ve heard of it – maybe you haven’t. Either way, wireless technology is here, and it’s completely changed how we communicate. A great example is the cordless telephone.

On the surface, it doesn’t seem like it is very complex. However, once you look beneath the surface, the technology starts to get interesting. One of the biggest problems people have when they’re searching for this product is the technology.

If you weren’t raised during the inception of this technology, then it’s hard to know what it does and how it works. Fortunately, although it does have some sophistication, wireless technology doesn’t have to be scary.

For Homes and Small Businesses

DECT 6.0 cordless technology

DECT 6.0 Technology

If you don’t already own one, then what are you currently using at home? To be honest, you can get away with using a landline at home, but there are so many benefits to using wireless technology.

Before you buy this type of product or any other technology, you need to understand how it works. Fortunately, the terminology isn’t too hard to grasp if it’s explained correctly.

DECT 6.0 and DECT

When shopping for wireless devices, you will frequently see the terms “DECT” and “DECT 6.0.” This stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications. Put simply, it’s the digital standard that is used for all devices that communicate through radio frequencies.

To be honest, this technology really only applies to telephones, but it might also be used for wireless networks and baby monitors. This is also the standard technology used in Europe and Australia.

DECT actually originated in Europe, and it was called the Digital European, which was in 1987. However, since it was first released, DECT has undergone a number of technological changes. The DECT 6.0 is different because it uses different frequency ranges than what Europe uses.

What you need to know is that DECT uses a frequency range of 1880 MHZ to 1900 MHZ while DECT 6.0 uses 1920 MHZ to 1930 MHZ. The reason why the frequency range was changed in the US is because it would’ve caused interference for other wireless devices, such as baby monitors.

About Frequency Ranges

Since we just discussed DECT and DECT 6.0, let’s talk about the frequency ranges and what they mean. The purpose of frequency ranges is to allow many different devices to use the same frequencies. The purpose of using frequencies is to allow for frequency hopping.

A frequency refers to the oscillation of an electromagnetic wave. Put simply, DECT and DECT 6.0 oscillate at frequencies of 1880 MHZ to 1900 MHZ and 1920 MHZ to 1930 MHZ. A handset is basically a tuner, and it’s capable of honing in on certain frequencies.

What Does Your Base Station Do?

Have you ever wondered about the role a base station plays? This is the little station that sits on your coffee table. It’s the little station that charges your devices. You can think of your base station as a small broadcast antenna.

It’s capable of grabbing calls that come through your home’s landline, and it sends out a radio signal. For example, if your model uses DECT 6.0, its base station communicates on the 1920 to 1930 frequency range. Put simply, the base station is like a little interpreter.

About Line Taps

In the wireless world, there is something called frequency hopping. Have you ever wondered how to avoid phone taps or how it prevents someone from eavesdropping on your calls?

You probably didn’t know this, but as you’re talking, it’s constantly and randomly changing frequencies. This prevents someone from being able to eavesdrop on your calls.

Although the wireless technology behind this concept might seem scary and intimidating, it really doesn’t have to be, so when you buy any type of wireless technology, you don’t have to be afraid.