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Wireless 101

 

Compare wireless technologies and find the one that is right for you.

        

Technology:

Bluetooth

How it Works

Wireless LAN

How it Works

Mobile Broadband

  How it Works

Overview

Connect devices quickly and easily, without wires or complex gear.

Network your home or office and move around while staying connected the whole time.

Stay connected virtually anytime, anywhere, without having to hunt for hotspots or pay access fees.

Range

Up to 328 ft/100 m

100-300 ft depending on obstructions

Limited only by cell signal strength

Bandwidth

Low (not for transferring large files)

High (as capable as a traditional LAN )

Midrange (can transfer large files if necessary)

Initial cost

Midrange

Low

Low

Ongoing cost

Minimal

Minimal

Low monthly access charges

Require initial activation?

No

No

Yes

Security concerns?

Minimal

Substantial, but easily controlled

Minimal

Easy to retrofit onto older systems?

Yes, with USB Bluetooth card

Varies depending on age of equipment

Yes, if the notebook has a PC Card slot free

 

 

 
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