Access Point: A device that distributes Wi-Fi signals to and from a wireless local area network.
Base station: The central radio transmitter/receiver from which a service provider broadcasts WiMAX1 signals. Typically mounted on towers or tall buildings.
Broadband: A general term for subscription access from an Internet Service Provider at speeds of 1 Mbps (million bits per second) or higher.
Customer Premises Equipment (CPE): Equipment installed at a customer’s location for fixed WiMAX deployments.
Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N: Advanced Intel Wi-Fi technology based on the IEEE* 802.11n specification that provides up to 2x greater range and up to 5x better performance than previous 802.11 standards.
Local Area Network (LAN): A data network that covers a relatively small geographic area, such as a building or cluster of buildings, typically measured in feet/meters. Wi-Fi is a LAN technology.
Wide Area Network (WAN): A data network that covers a relatively large geographic area, such as a whole town, typically measured in miles/kilometers. WiMAX is a WAN technology.
Wi-Fi: The set of local-area mobile wireless technologies based on the IEEE 802.11 standard, with range up to a few hundred feet/meters from an access point.
WiMAX: The wide-area mobile wireless technology based on the IEEE 802.16 standard, with range up to a few miles/kilometers from a base station.
References1 WiMAX connectivity requires a WiMAX-enabled device and subscription to a WiMAX broadband service. WiMAX connectivity may require you to purchase additional software or hardware at extra cost. Availability of WiMAX is limited; check with your carrier for details on availability and network limitations. Broadband performance and results may vary due to environmental factors and other variables. See WiMAX Technology for more information.
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