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Difference between WiFi and WiMax

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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 is small enough to be placed on a very small router. WiFi can be used to connect with a printer, computers, gaming consoles, and many more. 

WiMAX stands for Wireless Inter-operability for Microwave Access. WiMAX uses licensed or unlicensed spectrum to deliver the connection to the network. WiMAX handles 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: 

S. No.ParametersWiFiWiMax
1.DefinedWiFi 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.
2.Type of NetworkWiFi is for LAN (Local Area Network) applications.WiMAX is for MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) applications.
3.GuaranteeWiFi does not guarantee any Quality of Service (QoS).WiMAX guarantees Quality of Service (QoS).
4.DistanceThe WiFi network range is around 100 meters.WiMAX network can reach about 50-90 km.
5.Connection orientedWiFi uses the conflict-based CSMA/CA protocol which is not connection-oriented.WiMAX networks operate on a connection-oriented MAC.
6.RangeWiFi is short-range technology.WiMAX is long-range technology.
7.TransmitWiFi connection can transmit up to 54 Mbps.WiMAX connection can transmit up to 70 Mbps.
8.Signal WiFi access points transmit signals to the receiving device.A signal will be sent from the WiMAX base station or tower station to the WiMAX receiver.
9.CostIt is inexpensive compared to WiMAX technology.It is expensive because of high installation cost.
10.UsageWiFi is utilized for domestic use and short-distance connections.WiMAX supports a broader interoperable network,


Last Updated : 22 Feb, 2023
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