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Difference between WiFi and HotSpot
  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 16 Oct, 2020

Wifi:-
Wifi(stands for Wireless Fidelity) is a wireless communication technology that is used for LAN(Local Area Networks). Wifi uses electromagnetic waves under the radio frequency bands 2.4GHz for wireless communication. Wifi is established by using wireless device in order to create hotspot. There would be no hotspot without wifi. Wifi is more secure and flexible in nature. It can be used to connect gaming consoles, printers, computers etc.

Hotspot:-
Hotspot is created using wifi. The hotspot provides internet to wireless devices by using wifi. A hotspot is created using an access point device, but in normal use, a hotspot and an access point can mean the same. An access point is usually connected to a gateway or router, that is connected to the Internet. Hotspot are less secure than private wifi because they are commonly used in public places.

Let’s see the difference between wifi and hotspot:-

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1.Wifi is a wireless communication technology that is used for LAN(Local Area Networks).Whereas the hotspot provides internet to wireless devices by using wifi.
2.There is no hotspot without wifi.Whereas a hotspot is created using wifi.
3.Wifi is used between wireless devices and an access point for interconnection.While the hotspot is created using an access point device that is connected to the router.
4.Wifi provides high speed as compared to hotspot in the case of multiple users.The hotspot offers lower speed than wifi in the case of many users.
5.Wifi services are provided by the local area Internet service provider.Whereas the hotspot services are largely provided by cellular or phone corporations.
6.Wifi is more secure in comparison to hotspot.Hotspots are less secure than private wifi as they are typically used in public places.
7.In wifi, electromagnetic waves under the radio frequency band 2.4GHz are used for communication.Whereas in the hotspot, wifi technology is used in order to connect the devices to the access point for sharing the internet.
8.Basically the Wifi is at the end of receiver of internet services.Whereas Hotspot is at the end of donor of internet services.
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