PC Today: Wireless Choices Explained
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Wireless networks are all around no matter where you go. Your home probably has a wireless network and your office almost certainly does. Coffee shops and restaurants often provide free Wi-Fi to patrons, and cellular networks cover almost every inch of the world. But with so many different types of available networks, from multiple 802.11 Wi-Fi standards and frequencies to 3G and 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) cellular, it can be difficult to keep up with the technological advances. We will explain the differences in speed and capabilities between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, and we will take a look at what the future of wireless networking might look like.
Cellular vs. Wi-Fi
Both cellular and Wi-Fi networks are essential for businesses, but they serve different purposes in different contexts. Depending on the device, its proximity to a network, and other factors, Wi-Fi accommodates data transfer speeds as high as 450Mbps, while 4G LTE networks (which are relatively fast in the cellular world) deliver average data transfer speeds of only 20 to 25Mbps. However, cellular speeds can be particularly faster or slower depending on coverage area.
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