802.11 vs 802.16 | Difference between 802.11 and 802.16

This page compares 802.11 vs 802.16 and mentions difference between 802.11 and 802.16 series of standards. IEEE 802.11 covers WLAN series while 802.16 covers WiMAX series of standards.

Specifications 802.11 802.16
Technology The standard defines Wireless LAN technology based products. It defines WiMAX technology based products.
Standard variants 802.11a, 11b, 11g, 11n, 11ac, 11ad etc. 802.16a, 802.16d, 802.16e, 802.16m etc.
Coverage range 30 to 100 meters From 7 Km to 50 Km
Usage Indoor Outdoor
Bandwidth 20 MHz, 40MHz, 80MHz and 160 MHz as per standard variants Dynamic allocation as per user requirement from 1.5 to 28 MHz
Data Rate upto 54 Mbps in legacy WLAN (11a), 300-600Mbps(11n), Gbps in 802.11ac/11ad upto 150 Mbps as per BW of use
QoS Supported in IEEE 802.11e Different QoS options available e.g. UGS, rtPS, nrtPS, BE
Frequency of operation 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz 2.5, 3.5, 5.8GHz
Tutorial Link WLAN Tutorial➤ WiMAX Tutorial➤

802.11 and 802.16 Related Links

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802.11 series of standards
802.16 series of standards
802.11a Physical Layer
802.11b Basics
802.11n Physical Layer
802.11ac tutorial
802.11ad tutorial
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