WLAN vs WiFi

January 16, 2023

WiFi is a specific type of wireless networking technology based on the IEEE 802.11 standard. This standard is compatible with 802.3 Ethernet (the most common LAN type) since WiFi extends the edge of a wired network.

On the other hand, WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) is a more general term that refers to any LAN that connects devices with radio technology instead of wiring. WiFi is one type of WLAN, but not the only one.

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