WiMAX1: WiMAX, an acronym written fully as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a term created by the WiMAX Forum. It is a high-speed, broadband wireless digital telecommunications system intended for large coverage areas. Fixed station access can extend up to 30 miles (50 km) while mobile stations range from 3 - 10 miles (5 - 15 km). It is based on the IEEE 802.16 standard for Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMAN). Refer to What is WiMAX? for additional information.
Wi-Fi: Wireless technology brand owned by the Wi-Fi Alliance. It is based on the IEEE 802.11 family of standards. Wi-Fi allows users to connect from a mobile station to an access point or broadband router. Respectively, the user then accesses his corporate network or the Internet while being untethered from a network cable. Some applications include mobile laptop connections in a conference room, coffee shop hotspots, game consoles, cell phones, PDAs, etc.
WiMAX takes your wireless Internet further, but you don’t have to burn any Wi-Fi bridges. WiMAX and Wi-Fi are perfectly compatible companions. Together, they give you an always-best connected experience whether you are in a Wi-Fi or WiMAX coverage area. WiMAX/Wi-Fi synergies enable integration of both wireless technologies into notebooks and mobile devices.
With dual-mode WiMAX/Wi-Fi technology from Intel, your notebook and other mobile devices can use both WiMAX and Wi-Fi. WiMAX built into a wide variety of devices creates all the new capabilities our imaginations can muster. Your next notebook based on Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology, which can include Intel’s innovative, integrated Wi-Fi/WiMAX chips, can enable you to experience a new level of mobile Internet. You wouldn’t think of not having Wi-Fi in your notebook—in the future you will feel the same about WiMAX.
But WiMAX promises more than broadband on the go for notebook computers. WiMAX chips can be embedded into everything from gaming consoles, digital cameras, and home entertainment systems to utility meters and appliances.
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