Difference between Bluetooth and WiMAX

Bluetooth device and WiMAX device both are wireless technologies that communicate with each other and also have to interconnect with each other.

Basically, the main difference between them is that Bluetooth is primarily used to connect devices without using cables, whereas WiMAX is Worldwide Inter-portability for Microwave Access.

Bluetooth :

  • Technology - Radio
  • Multiplexing - FHSS, OFDM, DSSS
  • Range - 10 m
  • Frame Size - 350 bytes
  • Speed - 1 to 4 Mbps
  • Frequency Range - 2.4 GHz
  • Media Access - Distributed/central CSMA/CA, MACAW
  • Application using Bluetooth - Microwave ovens, DVD players, cameras, banking, office, etc

WiMAX :

  • Technology - Microwave
  • Multiplexing - FDD, TDD
  • Range - 10 Km in air
  • Frame Size - 5 to 20 ms
  • Speed - Up to 75 Mbps
  • Frequency Range - 2-66 GHz
  • Media Access - OFDMA
  • Application using WiMAX - Healthcare, travelers, small business, wireless ISP, home/residential areas etc

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