difference between 11a,11b,11g,11n | 11a vs 11b vs 11g vs 11n

This page compares 11a vs 11b vs 11g vs 11n to provide difference between 11a,11b,11g and 11n, 802.11 standards.


Modulation Scheme OFDM
Data Rate 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
RF Carrier 5GHz
Bandwidth 20MHz
Distance covered(appox.)- 35m(indoor),120m(outdoor)


Modulation scheme DSSS/CCK
Data rate 1,2,5.5 and 11 Mbps
RF Carrier 2.4Ghz
Distance covered(appox.)- 38m(indoor),140m(outdoor)
Refer CCK vs DSSS vs OFDM>> for more information.


Modulation Scheme DSSS/CCK and OFDM both
Data Rate support of both 11b and 11a
RF Carrier 2.4GHz
Bandwidth 20 MHz
Distance covered(appox.)- 38m(indoor),140m(outdoor)


Modulation Scheme OFDM and DSSS/CCK
It supports legacy fallbacks of 11a/11b/11g systems
Bandwidth 20MHz and 40MHz
Data rate -As per 11a/11b/11g.
-It supports upto about 72Mbps for 20MHz bandwidth with multiple antennas
-It supports upto about 150Mbps for 40MHz bandwidth with multiple antennas
Distance covered(appox.)- 70m(indoor),250m(outdoor)
MIMO configuration -Most of the devices uses 2T3R(2 antennas in transmit and 3 antennas in receive),
Maximum configuration goes upto 4T4R.

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