Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access WIMAX: A wireless revolution has seeped into our routine lives and are going to go wireless. Blue tooth wireless technology is a low power, short- range technology and due to the short-range of Blue tooth, the emergence of Wifi has replaced it. Wifi popularly is known as 802.11. The demand for high coverage has got to open a way for WiMax.
WIMAX stands for Worldwide Interperability For Microwave Access. WiMAX’s purpose is to ensure that broadband wireless radios use interoperate from vendor to vendor, manufactured for customer. It is a new standard being developed by the IEEE which focuses on solving the problems of point to multipoint broadband outdoor wireless networks. It has many possible applications that include connectivity for homes and businesses and backhaul for wireless hot spots.
WiMAX is a wireless technology which is faster and has a longer range than Wi-Fi. However, WiMAX does not conflict with Wi- Fi. It is designed to co-exist with it and extends to flavors of wired ethernet (IEEE 802.3), token ring (IEEE 802.5) and non- IEEE Standards.
WiMAX has a couple of different frequency ranges. Basically, the IEEE 802.16 standard addresses frequencies from 10GHz to 66GHz. The 802.16a specification, which is an extension of IEEE802.16, covers bands in the 2GHz-to- 11GHz range. WiMAX has a range of up to 30 miles with a typical cell radius of 4-6 miles. A WiMAX technology has two parts, WiMAX receiver and WiMAX tower.
WiMax is an unavoidable technology of our future with challenges and opportunities. It has the potential for being a business enabler. There are many possibilities with this technology which are immense and numerous and will lead to advances of commercial field. The researchers depend on optimism and extent of WiMax impact depends on the limits of human ingenuinity. WiMax is slow but steadily ushering.
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