The word wireless is an interesting word. In its most basic meaning, it means without wires. Yet with rapid developments in technology, its use has been broadened to cover a wide variety of products and services. While all of these are truly wireless, the technologies are quite different.
Let’s start with one of the most common wireless references – Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi Internet connection comes from a wireless router, which transmits data that has been received from a modem connected to an Internet service provider (ISP). Wi-Fi extends broadband connectivity wirelessly, for a very short range, inside a room or small area using best-effort service.
Wireless for mobile devices, is delivered by cell phone towers that transmit data via radio waves. These shared airwaves can become congested which leads to slower speeds, packet loss and sometimes lost connections.
Fixed Wireless is significantly faster, more reliable and more secure as it is a fixed broadband connection. Data is transmitted and received through a secure broadband connection, via microwave, between a tower and a small dish that is located on the rooftop of the customer’s building. Unlike wireless for mobile devices and Wi-Fi Internet connections, Fixed Wireless delivers dedicated bandwidth. Because it is a dedicated connection between two fixed points, there are no congestion impediments from sharing bandwidth with the public or with outsiders.
As you can see, since all three of these wireless technologies are quite different in nature, we really can’t lump all wireless together without creating some confusion. Each wireless technology should be considered unique and individually. Learn more about fixed wireless broadband services for business.
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