Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetComputer Networking · 1 decade ago

What is wireless WAN and wireless LAN?

what is the difference?

which one should I have if I want to get connected to internet outside home?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    A wireless LAN (WLAN)

    is a wireless local area network that links two or more computers or devices using spread-spectrum or OFDM modulation technology based to enable communication between devices in a limited area. This gives users the mobility to move around within a broad coverage area and still be connected to the network.

    Wireless Wide Area Network

    A WWAN differs from a WLAN (wireless LAN) in that it uses Mobile telecommunication cellular network technologies such as WIMAX (though it's better applicated into WMAN Networks), UMTS, GPRS, CDMA2000, GSM, CDPD, Mobitex, HSDPA or 3G to transfer data.

    BASICALLY = WWAN uses mobile signals

    = WLAN uses normal phone line on a network

  • 1 decade ago

    WAN stands for Wireless Area Network. LAN stands for Local Area Network. A LAN would be a hard-wired network, generally with a network cable running between your router and your PC.

    To connect to the internet outside the home you will either need a wireless adapter in your laptop, which will pick up wireless 'hotspots'. (Many city centres now offer free wireless internet)

    Alternatively you could buy a 'dongle', which is a USB adapter which connects to mobile internet networks. In the UK, such services are offered by Vodafone and T-Mobile.


  • vulcan
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    WAN : wide area network typically used by businesses.

    Wireless LAN : local area network typically used by small networks and home owners where security is not a paramount issue

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