Undoubtedly, Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access or WiMax offers a lot of benefits in terms of speed and coverage, which are the primary reasons why a lot of WiMax wireless system networks are being put up nowadays. Such Wimax compliant systems are set to replace the conventional DSL and cable services to provide fixed wireless internet access to prospective users.
Typically, a WiMax wireless system network is composed of two very important elements: (a) a WiMax base station, and (b) a WiMax receiver.
A WiMax base station consists of indoor electronics plus a WiMax tower. It typically covers up to a 10-kilometre radius, though theoretically, a base station can cover up to a 50-kilometre radius or 30 miles. However, it is due to practical considerations that most WiMax providers just settle for 10 kilometres or 6 miles. Wireless nodes that are within the coverage area would then be able to access the internet.
WiMax also makes it possible for two base stations to get connected through the use of high speed backhaul microwave links. As a result, a WiMax subscriber can roam from one base station to another, a feature that is somehow similar to mobile phone networks.
On the other hand, a WiMax receiver with an antenna can be a PCMIA card or standalone box that is connected to a computer or laptop. A WiMax receiver can accept signals from the WiMax base station for as long as it is situated within the coverage limit. Since it offers more stable and longer coverage as compared to other internet connection media, subscribers can enjoy unlimited web browsing experience that only WiMax wireless system networks can provide.