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What is the difference between WLAN and WiFi?

BySteve Lowry 2018-07-31 6388

What is the difference between WLAN and WiFi? Do you really know the relationship of them? Let's have a look.

WLAN and WiFi

1. WiFi is included in WLAN

As a matter of fact, WiFi is a trademark of WLANA (Wireless Local Area Network Alliance), which guarantees the cooperation of this trademark goods, but have nothing to do with the standard itself.


WLAN include WiFi


Since WiFi mainly uses 802.11b protocol, people are gradually accustomed to calling 802.11b protocol with WiFi. From the inclusion relation, WiFi is a standard of WLAN, and WiFi is included in WLAN, belonging to a new WLAN technology.


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2. Different coverage range

We can distinguish from the coverage range. In general, WiFi covers in a small range, just like Bluetooth, it will can not receive the network far away from the transmitter. While for WLAN, its coverage range is much wider, mainly to see whether the operator set up WLAN in this region.


WiFi and WLAN coverage


WiFi coverage is up to about 300 feet (about 90 meters), while WLAN coverage maximum (plus antenna) reaches up to 5km. 


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