The Internet has become an indispensable part of our lives. It is where we search for information, make purchases and connect with people that matter most to us, and all that is made possible by our Wi-Fi connections. For many years, Wi-Fi networks were a reliable source of Internet connectivity for both private and business sectors. But 4G LTE technology is now giving Wi-Fi a run for its money and soon, 5G will join the picture. But which is better? Let’s take a closer look:
Wi-Fi is essentially a wireless technology that allows users to connect to the Internet without the need for cords. It has been a revolutionary development from the traditional local area network (LAN) cables that posed many limitations to users for a long time.
A Wi-Fi network follows the wireless LAN protocol based on the 802.11 IEEE network standard and it is used by at least 61% of all American households today.
To be able to use Wi-Fi, you will need a device that could transmit a wireless signal. A router is a common choice for both household and business applications because it can transmit a connection from an outside provider like an ISP and deliver it to devices within the wireless signal.
But if you’re on the go, you could use your computer or mobile phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot where you can share your wireless connection to nearby devices.
Known as the fastest wireless network for mobile devices and smartphones, LTE uses the 4G wireless broadband standard. With this comes a higher bandwidth that translates to faster connection speeds and more reliable technology for multimedia and voice calls (VoIP) applications.
LTE terminals are dedicated to an organization’s specific requirements, which means that it can be customized to fit specific SLA and mission-critical applications.
LTE is now becoming a preferred network option, especially in business and industrial applications that require consistent, fast, and efficient network connectivity without any interference from the congested public network.
Private LTE terminals are also proving to be effective when placed in distributed-enterprise use cases like airports, ports, stadiums, factories, and amusement parks, and it is also efficient in areas with extremely poor cellular coverage.
While both Wi-Fi and LTE terminals serve the purpose of Internet connectivity, they are also different from each other in a lot of ways:
Speed: The standard data transfer speed for Wi-Fi is between 11Mbps to 1Gbps depending on its specifications. LTE, on the other hand, offers data transfer speeds between 100 Mbps and 1Gbps.
Range: Devices must remain within 300 feet of a wireless router to maintain good Wi-Fi connectivity while 4G LTE devices can be far from the main source of connectivity, which is why LTE terminals are more reliable for long-range connections.
Both Wi-Fi and LTE networks are important tools for connectivity in such a fast-paced world.
Whether we need to search for information or stay connected with loved ones, these applications have proven useful in making sure that consistent and efficient Internet connections are provided to users at all times.
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