WiFi stands for Wireless Fidelity. WiFi uses Radio waves to provide wireless high-speed internet and network connections. A WiFi connection is established using a wireless adapter to create hotspots. WiFi antennas size small enough to ne placed on a very small router. WiFi can be used to connect with printer, computers, gaming consoles and many more.
WiMax stands for Wireless Inter-operability for Microwave Access. WiMax uses licensed or unlicensed spectrum to deliver connection to network. WiMax handle a larger inter-operable network. WiMax can be used to provide internet services such as mobile data and WiFi spots.
Difference between WiFi and WiMax:
|Wifi is defined under IEEE 802.11x standards where x stands for various WiFi versions.||WiMax is defined under IEEE 802.16y standards where y stands for various WiMax versions.|
|WiFi is for LAN (Local Area Network) applications.||WiMax is for MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) applications.|
|WiFi does not guarantee any Quality of Service (Qos).||WiMax guarantee Quality of Service (Qos).|
|WiFi network range is around 100 meters.||WiMax network can reach about 50-90 km.|
|WiFi MAC layer uses CSMA/CA protocol which is not connection oriented.||WiMax is connection oriented in nature.|
|WiFi is short range technology.||WiMax is long range technology.|
|WiFi connection can transmit upto 54 mbps.||WiMax connection can transmit upto 70 mbps.|