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    What is the difference between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi? Can we connect internet through Bluetooth?

    Are you curious to know the difference between the functions of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity? Do you want to know whether you can connect to internet through Bluetooth or not? Follow this thread and read expert answers on difference between a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections and their functions.

    With the help of Bluetooth we can access, send / browse, listen to music, play videos etc. Is it possible to access internet connection through Bluetooth? I can connect to internet on my laptop through Wi-Fi services, why not through Bluetooth. What is the difference between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth? Why cant we connect internet through Bluetooth system?
  • #3186
    Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the technologies that are used in wireless devices. The purpose is to connect devices and transfer data from one to another. These wireless technologies are used in mobiles, Laptops, desktops, printers and video games.

    Bluetooth has a facility to transfer data between two devices without wires or cables. The connectivity length should be shorter distance of maximum 10 meters.

    The straight forward technology is Bluetooth. Using Bluetooth a person can connect headset with computer MP3 player, printers, computer keyboards, mouse. Bluetooth never need security precautions or any accessories like Wi-Fi cards, passwords, etc.

    The cost of implementing a Wi-Fi network is greater than implementing a Bluetooth network. Bluetooth technology is the latest technology when compared to Wi-Fi technology, which is three years older. Wi-Fi technology spread all over the world and Bluetooth technology is maintained by Bluetooth special interest group.

    Wi-Fi covers more than 100 feet distance. The user from different area can access Wi-Fi connectivity. Both the devices are connected via radio waves. The bandwidth and energy used by Wi-Fi is is of higher range then Bluetooth.

    Thus, both have some similarities and huge differences. These two technologies are used world wide to connect either two devices are to chat with other people without using any visible connectivity.

    Yes, if your device i.e mobile is having internet facility, you can use that on your laptop by connecting them via Bluetooth with DUN(Dial Up Network).

  • #3201
    The difference between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is just similar to the differences between Infrared (old method) and Bluetooth, yes WiFi is an advanced wireless connectivity like and for Bluetooth type. WiFi has an additional benefit than Bluetooth, WiFi can be used for multiple systems connectivity whereas Bluetooth for single system connectivity, WiFi is powerful for 'speed' connectivity whereas Bluetooth is for 'slow' connectivity. There are so many differences between Bluetooth and WiFi.

    Yes, you can connect internet through Bluetooth of your smartphone or mobile phones. You just need to clarify here about Bluetooth usage, if you are asking Bluetooth connectivity to your laptop or desktop then yes you can connect it, pair it and browse it but it will be slow speed.


  • #3212

    Wi-Fi is a very popular technology for connectivity today. Whenever you buy a smartphone these days, you usually ask a question whether your smartphone is Wi-Fi enabled or not. It is a technology by which data is exchanged wirelessly among electronic devices over a computer network making use of the radio waves. Even the high speed internet connections can be shared by using Wi-Fi technology.

    Any Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) products, which are based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 standards comprise the Wi-Fi Alliance. The terms WLAN and Wi-Fi have almost become synonymous.

    The devices like PCs, video-game consoles, smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, digital audio or video players, which can be connected to each other by using a Wi-Fi router which is connected to a network resource such as the Internet via a wireless network access point which we usually call hotspot. Usually the range of such an access point is about 20 metres (65 feet) indoors and this range can be greater outdoors.

    These connections are less secure than Ethernet connections because the intruder does not need a physical connection.

    Like Wi-Fi Bluetooth is also a wireless technology. Unlike Wi-Fi, it is used for exchanging data only over short distances. It uses the shrot-wavelength radio transmissions in the ISM band ranging between 2400 – 2480 Hz. This is used to exchange data from fixed or mobile devices. Instead of creating a LAN, it creates Personal Area Networks (PANs) with high levels of security. Bluetooth was standardized as IEEE 802.15.1 in contrast with 802.11 of Wi-Fi standards. But this standard is no longer maintained like the Wi-Fi.

    Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth perform similar functions of setting up networks, printing and transferring files. Wi-Fi is usually intended to replace cabling for LAN access areas. These categories of applications are sometimes known as WLAN (Wireless Local Area Networks). Bluetooth was intended for portable equipment and its applications. Bluetooth is replacement for cabling personally carried applications and also for fixed location applications.

    Wi-Fi needs configurations for setting up of shared resources, transmitting files and to set up audio links like headsets and hands-free devices.

    Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth use the same radio frequencies. But Wi-Fi uses these frequencies with higher power that results in higher bit rates and better range. In Bluetooth your need pairing of two devices in order to transfer the data.

    You can connect to the internet using a Bluetooth by following certain steps. Install a Bluetooth adaptor on your computer by using the USB port. There should be a Bluetooth software installed in your computer. One of the devices should be running the internet connection.

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