What is WiMAX?
What is WiFi?
technology provides a path (similar to a wire) for data exchange between
an end-user and the world-wide web. In this case, the signals are
transmitted through the air via high-frequency radio waves (in the
microwave part of the spectrum).
defined as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave
Access by the WiMAX Forum (formed in June 2001 to promote
conformance and interoperability of the IEEE 802.16 standard). The Forum
describes WiMAX as:
"A standards-based technology enabling the delivery of
last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL".
WiMAX is not
a technology, but rather a certification mark, or 'stamp of approval'
given to equipment that meets certain conformity and interoperability
tests for the IEEE 802.16 family of standards. A similar confusion
surrounds the term WiFi (Wireless Fidelity), which like WiMAX, is a
certification mark for equipment based on a different set of IEEE
standards from the 802.11 working group for wireless local area networks
nor WiFi is a technology but their names have been adopted in popular
usage to denote the technologies behind them. This is likely due to the
difficulty of using terms like 'IEEE 802.16' in common speech and
residents' ISP (Ayacht) employs an
Alvarion radio system to
establish connections. Their internet installation includes an antenna that mounts outside and a modem
that is installed indoors. The modem interfaces between wires from the
antenna and another cable (Ethernet, it's called) that connects to the
back of your router or PC.