WiMax VS WiFi – The Battle for Wireless Internet Supremacy Continues…

Gone are the days that people are still searching for the best internet connection possible. The answer is just within their reach, and all they have to do is to go to the nearest internet connection provider to get the best deal. A small volume of internet users still consider dial-up because it is way much cheaper than broadband DSL or cable. If broadband caters to those who can afford to configure telephone wirings and fibre optic cables, some are more into WiFi and hopes to have a good signal from the base station. Yet another option is getting more popular nowadays and this is called WiMax.

Both WiMax and WiFi work on a wireless connection. The big difference lies on proximity. WiMax can be considered as a mobile phone, while WiFi is similar to a cordless phone. WiFi can only work at its best in a shorter range, typically hundreds of meters. Though still considered as low cost, it can only provide connection to a single room or building, making it as a popular choice by many coffee shops, fast food restaurants, bus stations and hotels.

WiMax, on the other hand, can work in highly scalable, long range systems. Performance of a WiMax connection depends largely on the type of antenna being used to transmit signals. A WiMax device with directional antenna can transmit at a speed of 10 Mbits at a 10 kilometre range, while an omni directional antenna could only settle for 10 Mbits over 2 kilometres. With WiMax offering such greater speeds, more and more people are considering to make the big switch.

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