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  • Last Updated : 12 Aug, 2020

1. Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) :
WiFi stands for Wireless Fidelity. It is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance, refers to a wireless networking standard based on the IEEE 802.11. It connects multiple devices via Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN). WiFi provides internet connectivity to next generation wireless devices through fixed wifi hotspots and it creates a WLAN using a router connected to a respective Internet Service Provider (ISP)

In simple WiFi is a wireless networking standard which is used by smart devices for wireless communication without requiring cable. Any device which is WiFi compatible then it can go for wireless interaction with other WiFi-compatible devices.

For example our smartphone or Laptop have a WiFi chip inside it which allows us to connect it to a wireless hotspot.

2. Mobile WiFi (MiFi) :
MiFi stands for Mobile WiFi some people also term it as My WiFi. On the other hand it is an internet device which provides connectivity when devices are on the move. It can be called as a modem or even a router. MiFi doesn’t just support only the WiFi standard. They also support mobile data technologies such as 3G or 4G LTE  and pick mobile data from respective telecom provider depending upon the sim inserted into it.

MyFi is used to create an Ad-hoc Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) network wherever we move. MiFi has often built in WiFi with them. MiFi comprises of two main parts i.e a modem, and a WiFi router. The WiFi router provides WiFi connectivity and the modem provides connectivity to next generation wireless devices based on wireless standards such as 3G or 4G LTE.

For example Verizon Inseego Jetpack MiFi 8800L is a best choice MiFi for most people because of its broad coverage, fast performance, and better battery life.

Difference between WiFi and MiFi :




01.WiFi is a wireless network standard.MiFi is an actual internet device.
02.WiFi is a wireless standard or WLAN technology and uses2.4 GHz and 5GHz frequency radio signals in order to establish a connection.Along with WiFi connectivity, MiFi device are able to support mobile data technologies like 3G, 4G LTE.
03.WiFi provides internet connectivity through fixed wifi hotspots and it fails to provide connectivity during movement.Where as MiFi is able to provide connectivity when devices are on the move.
04.It is used to create WiFi hotspots.It is used to create mobile hotspots.
05.WiFi devices does not support mobile connectivity.MiFi devices support mobile connectivity.
06.It comprises only router functionalities.It comprises both router and modem functionalities.
07.WiFi does not support cellular connectivity. It only support WiFi connectivity.Mifi supports cellular connectivity along with WLAN connectivity.
08.In simple WiFi is fixed to a single spot.Where as MiFi is a WiFi device to which we can bring with us where ever we go.

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