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Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet

Wireless versus wired. Wi-Fi is the wireless counterpart to Ethernet, which is the universal standard for local area networks (LANs). In both homes and offices, networks are generally a mix of Wi-Fi and Ethernet. Most stationary machines are cabled together via Ethernet, because there is an Ethernet port on every modern computer. Wi-Fi networks (Wi-Fi hotspots) are set up for laptops, smartphones and tablets. However, any desktop machine can be made wireless with an adapter (see wireless adapter). See cellular vs. Wi-Fi, wireless router, access point, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and LAN.




Network Symbols
The Ethernet icon represents machines wired together, whereas the Wi-Fi symbol conveys transmission over the air.






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Wi-Fi signal finderWi-Fi ZONE
Wi-Fi Simple ConfigWi-Gig
Wi-Fi squatterWi-Vi
Wi-Fi squattingWibree
Wi-Fi telephonyWiBro
Wi-Fi tetheringwide area adapter
Wi-Fi versionsWide Area Information Server
Wi-Fi voicewide area network
Wi-Fi vs. cellularwide-format printer

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