WiFi, WiMAX, Bluetooth… wait, what?!

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Our biggest dilemma.

I can still remember the time when we used to order fast food through landline and we would push each other as to who would take the call and order for everyone. That time also, where we had to work on a school project but there was only one computer that could cater all our activities, so everyone else either had to do something else, or not do anything at all.

This time though, location is no longer an issue through wireless connectivity.

Mobile and wireless networks have gained much interest and their use has become a commodity nowadays. Having business with international counterparts easier through different forms of communication, electronic mail messaging, video conferencing, and the likes.

Wireless Technologies

The term wireless refers to the communication or transmission of information over a distance without requiring wires, cables or any other electrical conductors. And such technology, like cell phones, uses those wireless radio waves to transit and receive data.

Different Types of Wireless Communication Technologies

It’s amazing to know the different types of wireless communication technologies that we have been using so far. We are all familiar with WiFi, as well as Bluetooth. Before the onset of these technologies, connecting to the Internet was only limited to the local area network through cables and sending files (documents, images, music, etc.) were shared through cables (again) and infrared (remember?).

  1. Satellite
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    One of the wireless technologies that is widely spread all over the world allowing users to stay connected virtually anywhere on the Earth.
  2. WiFi
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    A form of low-power wireless communication used by many electronic devices such as laptops, systems, smart phones, etc. In a WiFi setup, a wireless router serves as communication hub.
  3. Wireless Networking
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    Connects multiple computers, systems and devices together without requiring wires or cables.
  4. Bluetooth Technology
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    Allows you to connect a variety of different electronic devices wirelessly to a system for the transfer and sharing of data – the main function of Bluetooth.
  5. WiMAX
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    Wireless broadband systems that offer fast web surfing without being getting connected through cable or DSL.

Advantages

  1. Ease of Integration and Convenience
    Allows a network to reach locations that could not be achieved by using a network cable. And with some configurations with a variety of network topologies, a wireless LAN system can be configured.
  2. Mobility
    After finishing a school work at home, I can easily continue them through my mobile phone or tablet when I move to a different location. With the wireless system, it can provide the user with various access information in real-time anywhere.
  3. Expandability
    In a wired network, additional clients require additional wiring. However, wireless networks are capable of serving a suddenly-increased number of clients with the existing equipment.

Disadvantages

  1. Security Problems
    Organizations may choose better to utilize some of the various encryption technologies offered using wired network communication.
  2. Additional Equipment
    Range will be insufficient for a larger structure – and, in order to increase its range, repeaters or additional access points have to be purchased.
  3. Speed
    The most common issue in wireless network systems – connection speed. It is slower than the slowest common wired networks.

Conclusion

Before the onset of wireless communication, work is limited at the workplace costing too much time and effort when you have to move somewhere. But through wireless networking and technologies, it provides numerous opportunities to increase productivity and costs.

That is why, people now have become dependent on wireless network systems especially now that mobile phones are mostly being used…. generating that (see topmost picture) biggest dilemma in today’s society.

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