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Difference between WiFi and WiMax

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  • Last Updated : 10 Dec, 2021

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 be 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.


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