Jun 14, 2014

What is the range for Tile Bluetooth tags?

The Tile Bluetooth tags have started to be shipped, but I’m sad to say that I’m pretty far down the list to receive mine. It looks like September before I will get mine to play around with. For those unfamiliar with Tile, they are small Bluetooth tags that can be attached for objects that you sometimes need a little help to locate. I’m looking forward to solving the 14 year old mystery of my cat’s secret hiding place once my Tiles arrive. Does anyone know what the effective range of the production Tile is?

Ehtan has a good answer for this. Here's an article that gives an overview of Tile for iOS.

Bluetooth 'Tile' allows you to find lost keys, bikes, dogs, anything really

"Tile (@TheTileApp) is an absolutely brilliant hardware device that can be attached to keys (or just about anything) so that you can locate them when lost. Tiles measures 36mm x 36mm x 4.2mm (or about the size of a matchbook), uses Bluetooth 4.0 (low energy) and will be compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th generation, and iPod Touch 5th generation. (Sorry Android users).

Bluetooth 4.0 is a brilliant choice because the built-in battery lasts about a year and doesn't require recharging. While GPS would be ideal, it suffers from heavy battery consumption (less than a day, typically) and WiFi requires open hotspot access."

It uses Bluetooth LE, which has an effective range of 50-150 feet, depending on the conditions where you use it. If you count on 50 feet of reliabe range you probably won't be disappointed. 


Once they get production up to meet demand, I may have to try Tile tags out. I have a large collection of car, house and motorcycle keys because someone at my house is always misplacing theirs, then I get a dulicate made, THEN they find them.  It would have been cheaper fo get a few Tiles and stick them on everyone's key ring. 

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