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wifi vs bluetooth-difference between wifi and bluetooth

This page covers comparison between wifi and bluetooth short range wireless technologies. It covers difference between wifi and bluetooth technologies. As we know both of these technologies are widely used in our home and office premises for various applications. WiFi and Bluetooth are used for low coverage applications. Bluetooth is ideal for low data rate while wifi for high data rate applications. Following table mentions difference between WiFi and Bluetooth.

Specifications wifi Bluetooth
Specifications authority Bluetooth SIG IEEE, WECA
Introduced year 1994 1991
Bandwidth/data rate Low,720 Kbps(V1.2) and 24Mbps(V4.0) High, 11 Mbps(802.11b) and upto 54Mbps(802.11a,OFDM)
Hardware Bluetooth adaptors connecting with each other Wireless adaptors, a wireless router and/or wireless APs
Cost Low High
Power consumption Low High
Frequency 2.4 2.4GHz,5GHz
Security Less secure More secure
Range 10 meters 100 meters
Ease of use Simple to use, upto 7 devices at a time, easy to switch between devices or find and connect to any device. Complex to use, requires HW and SW configurations
End devices phone, mouse, keyboard Laptop, desktop, servers
Version/standard V1.2, V2.0,V2.1,V3,V4,V4.1 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ad

Useful Links

Refer page on WLAN tutorial.
Refer page on difference between mifi and wifi.
Refer our page which describes about what is wlan or wifi.
Refer our page on list of Bluetooth product companies.
Refer our page which describes bluetooth technology,its applications, protocol layers and provide useful Bluetooth references.

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