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How Does Wi-fi Works?  

Posted On     Thursday, March 11th, 2021

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There are two main types of network transmission: the cabled (or wired) and the wireless one. Currently, the top internet service providers in USA will most likely offer Wi-Fi services to household residents in their coverage area. This is the case of the AT&T internet and Charter Spectrum, for example.  


As the telecommunications and internet market are in an advanced level of development today, eve in rural areas one can find good internet options and have access to fast speeds.  


Wireless internet  

This type of technology uses radio frequencies to transmit signals. Its main advantage is to distribute the internet access signal to various users, and, depending on the size of the coverage area, it can use different access points (hotspots) to deliver a clear and interconnected navigation.  


Still in terms of benefits, the Wi-fi is seen as a more practical and faster connection. In comparison to oldest types of transmitting, as it does not need any complex physic structure, facilitating and avoiding common problems that used to scare people out.  


Some of the non-cabled networks that differ from size, connectivity and range. Therefore, a Wireless:  


  1. LAN (for limited area) 
  2. MAN (for metropolitan areas)  
  3. PAN (for personal areas) 
  4. WAN (outside the range of the MAN and LAN areas)  

Wi-fi definition  

And in between the internet technologies that do not use cables, there is the popularly called Wi-fi networks. This kind of connection is used by million people and it is a growing technology throughout the world.  


The term refers to “Wireless Fidelity Alliance Inc”, a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to promote, between other things, interoperability. The group grow up strongly and in 2017, was formed by about 800 different companies.  


Defined by being conformed to the IEEE that is a standard capable of connecting more than one device through a single station, which combines both an interface and a computer. 

eletronic and wifi icons Version’s evolution 

The trademark Wi-fi today works in a vast range of ways. In general, it can be divided into many different versions, summing up about 18. The first generation, called 802.11a or Wi-fi 1 gave place to the 802.11ax or Wi-fi 6, which is known today as one of the most advanced technologies in this field.  


In this version’s timeline, the services usually evolve in terms of multiple connection capabilities infrastructure, levels of connectivity and speeds.   

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Written By: Larissa Bernardes

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