Types of Wireless Networks

Wireless network connections replaced cables to connect internet for laptops, smart phones and tablet devices using radio frequency waves.  With wireless connections smartphones and tablet devices are conveniently access internet connections without cables.  Second-generation 2G cellular telecom networks were commercially launched on the GSM standard in Finland in 1991.

 

Type Range Standards Performance Applications
Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) Within reach of a person Bluetooth, NFC, Wireless USB, ANT UWB & ZigBee Moderate Cable replacement for peripherals.
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Within a campus or building IEEE 802.11 High Wireless extension of wired network.
Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN) Within a city IEEE 802.15 (WiMAX) High Wireless inter-network connectivity
Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN)

 

Worldwide Cellular Low/Moderate Wireless network access.