WiMAX 802.11 means Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. It refers to broadband wireless networks based on IEEE standard. This means that compatibility and interoperability between broadband wireless access equipment are ensured. The idea behind WiMAX 802.11 is to be able to provide convenience to users in terms of broadband network access without the hassle of expensive wires provided by cable-access broadband or the distance limitations of Digital Subscriber Line.
Benefits of WiMAX 802.11
There are many obvious benefits for users preferring WiMAX 802.11. It has a long range of up to 30 miles and offers lower cost. It is also convenient because businesses and homes need not destroy buildings and streets just to put up the costly cables. It also has a high bandwidth, which is sufficient for more than 60 businesses with T1 type connectivity and over a thousand residential homes.
Lastly, WiMAX 802.11 has two types: the non line-of-sight and the line-of-sight. The non-line operates between 2 to 11 GHz while the line-of-sight can operate as high as 66GHz because the signal is much better and stable.
Drawbacks of WiMAX 802.11
Although there are obvious benefits to using WiMAX 802.11, there are drawbacks for its full implementation.
First, WiMAX 802.11 is said to have pricey chips. Due to the principle of economies of scale, the low demand for this technology has kept the WiMAX costs high.
Second, companies are still very hesitant to set up WiMAX 802.11 because the technology is not used widely. However, there are companies now who are using WiMAX 802.11 such as Intel. The laptops under this company shall be WiMAX 802.11 enabled in the near future.