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The Difference Between Bluetooth And Wi-Fi

Data has become the most valuable commodity in today’s world. That makes the role of collecting and transferring data even more crucial. New technologies have arrived on the scene to make these functions friendlier for the users. When it comes to transferring data you can’t help but think of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Both these technologies are used in establishing connection between two devices and transfer data.

Talking specifically about each one of them, let’s start with Wi-Fi first. Wi-Fi connection uses wireless router to convert the data into radio signals. Thereafter, data is transmitted to the devices attached to it. It is used to provide connectivity to the internet. Usually, in case of Wi-Fi, router is connected to a DSL internet connection. On the other hand, Bluetooth devices use radio waves to transmit data from one device to another.

Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are quite different in their operations. For a layman, it is hard to set up a Wi-Fi connection without knowing a bit about networking whereas anyone can set Bluetooth devices. You can connect endless number of devices using Bluetooth but Wi-Fi connections are restricted to routers and modems. Wi-Fi form LAN connections using which users can share data and communicate with one another apart from accessing the internet. But Bluetooth devices create PAN which only allows limited amounts of data transfer. Wi-Fi connections can have range of 300 feet whereas Bluetooth devices have an effective range of about 30 ft only.

The main use of Wi-Fi is in transmitting data from a system to DSL internet lines but in case of Bluetooth, the main usage area is transfer of audio data from cell phones to wireless headsets. Bluetooth have slow data transmission speed compared to Wi-Fi connections. To sum up, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have different spheres of operations and they both serve different purposes to different users.