A wireless network is a special and advance kind of computer network that is usually associated to telecommunications networks, which interconnections are implemented with the use of electronic waves. Many computer users prefer wireless network because it is cost efficient and the transmission of data in this network are faster than other computer networks. To make sure that the network will be compatible with the computer system to be used, it is important that the user have sufficient understanding on the different types of wireless networks.
What are the types of wireless networks? There are four types of wireless networks, which include the Wireless Personal Area Network (also known as WPAN). This computer network is important to interconnect computer tools located in the same area. For instance, Bluetooth can provide a wireless network that can be used to connect a laptop and a headset in the same room.
Wireless Local Area Network
Another type of this computer network is the Wireless Local Area Network (also known as WLAN). This network is a good alternative to local area network because it uses radio to transfer data from one computer system to another. This is the most used wireless network in homes, offices and schools. WLAN has two types, namely Fixed Wireless Data as well as Wi-Fi. Fixed Wireless Data uses microwaves to establish connections between computer systems in two different locations. Wi-Fi uses radio waves to interconnect electronic devices that are Wi-Fi ready.
Wireless Metropolitan Area Network
Wireless Metropolitan Area Network or WMAN is a type of wireless network that is used to connect wireless LANs. To computer users who are interested in using WMANs that are categorized under IEEE 802.16d/802.16e, they can use a telecommunications technology known as WiMax.
Mobile Device Networks
Mobile device network is an advance type of wireless network. This network is widely used in present times to transmit and store computer data in mobile phones. Some of the special features of this computer network are the Global System for Mobile Communications, Personal Communication Service and Digital Advanced Mobile Phone Service.
The Global System for Mobile Communications is categorized into three systems, namely the base station system, the switching system as well as the support and operation system. Personal Communication Service uses radio band to transmit computer data between mobile phones, but this feature is only available in North America. Finally, Digital Advanced Mobile Phone Service allows people to make calls between analog and digital cell phones.