Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are essential!
They are the most frequently used wireless technologies; we use them to access the internet, connect cordless keyboards and many more. However, Pi Zero and previous Raspberry Pi models do not have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in.
It is an add-on board that provides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for the Raspberry Pi.
You can use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth USB dongles, however the IoT HAT is more affordable.
You get both functions for the price of one dongle. And if you are using Pi Zero, you may also need to purchase:
Because you do not need the USB OTG Cable and the USB Hub etc, the setup is faster and looks less cluttered.
If you are running an IoT project, you could also remove the keyboard and mouse
We are using the same BCM43438 chip that is on the Pi 3 which supports both Wi-Fi 802.11n (2.4GHz) + Bluetooth 4.1 (Dual Mode – Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy) running at the same time.
The wireless radio of IoT HAT is as good as that of the Pi 3 and all WiFi/Bluetooth software for Pi 3 are compatible.
Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth operate on the same 2.4GHz frequency, they share the on-board antenna or an external antenna when running.
Not only is the combination the cheapest of all the options, it has also has the lowest power consumption!
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