Wi-Fi Vs. WiMAX Vs. Bluetooth: What’s The Difference?


What Is A Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communication technology that allows devices such as mobile phones, computers and peripherals to transmit data or voice wirelessly over a short distance.

What Is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is an acronym for Wireless Fidelity, and is a wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed internet and network connections.

What Is WiMax?

WiMAX is an acronym for Worldwide Interoperability for microwave Acess) and is a technology for long-range wireless networking for both mobile and fixed connections. WiMAX technology can be installed faster than other internet technology because it can use shorter towers and less cabling, supporting even non-line-of-sight coverage across an entire city or country.

Also Read: Difference Between LAN, MAN And WAN

WiMAX Vs. Wi-Fi Vs. Bluetooth

Technology Radio waves     Microwave. Radio waves.  
Multiplexing OFDM     FDD, TDD.   FHSS, OFDM, DSSS.  
Range 30 meters for indoor and 100 meters outdoor. 10 kilometers in air.   10 meters range.
Frame Size 0 to 2404 bytes.     5 to 20 ms 350 bytes.  
Speed Up to  60 Mbps.     Up to 75 Mbps.   1 to 4 Mbps.  
Frequency Range 20 MHz     2 to 66 GHz. 2.4 GHz.  
Media Access CSMA/CD, CDMA OFDMA.   Distributed/central CSMA/CA, MACAW.  
Application Using The Technology Video game consoles, PDAs, mobile phones, consumer electronics. Healthcare, small business, wireless ISP, home/residential areas etc. Microwave ovens, DVD players, Cameras, banking, office, etc.