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Difference between Cellular and Wi-Fi Networks

  • Last Updated : 16 Mar, 2020

Cellular Network:
Cellular Network is formed of some cells, cell covers a geographical region, has a base station analogous to 802.11 AP which helps mobile users attach to network and there is an air-interface of physical and link layer protocol between mobile and base station. All these base stations are connected to Mobile Switching Center which connects cells to wide area net, manages call setup and handles mobility.

Wi-Fi:
It is stands for Wireless Fidelity. It is a technology for wireless local area networking with devices based on IEEE 802.11 standards. Wi-Fi compatible devices can connect to the internet via WLAN network and a wireless access point abbreviated as AP. Every WLAN has an access point which is responsible for receiving and transmitting data from/to users.

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Difference Between Cellular and Wi-Fi Networks:

S.NO.CELLULARWI-FI
1Cellular plan are attached to the device that uses cellular signal to connect to the internet.Wi-Fi is a local area networking technology that uses radio waves to provide high-speed internet access to mobile devices enabled with Wi-Fi.
2Cellular refers to a mobile network which is distributed over a wide area.Wi-Fi is a critical element and a crucial wireless networking technology based on the IEEE 802.11 standards.
3Cellular has no limit in the range.Wi-Fi has a limited range.
4Mobile technology is the technology used for cellular communication.Device can use the Wi-Fi standard to broadcast and receive information.
5Cellular has a data plans with limited consumption.Wi-Fi has no limit on how much data you can use in a day or a month.
6Cellular network are relatively slow in terms of speend and reliability.Wi-Fi are faster than Cellular Network..

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