Differences between Wireless and Bluetooth

Posted Friday, July 8th, 2011 by .

Wireless and Bluetooth are two of the most innovative technologies in the last 20 years.  Both were initially developed in the early 1990’s, but have been improved tremendously over the years and now serve as essential communication options in offices, homes and pockets around the world.  Neither requires wires to communicate, but they are mostly used for very different purposes.

Bluetooth Logo

 

Bluetooth is a short-range connection and designed for two Bluetooth-enabled devices to communicate with each other.  For instance, when I start my car, the car’s computer system and my Smart phone connect instantly through Bluetooth, allowing me to play music downloaded on my phone and take phone calls all through my radio.  Bluetooth uses a PAN, which is a Personal Area Network, meaning it is designed to be used with personal devices.

 

Wireless Logo

 

Wireless has a much larger range, designed to allow a number of devices connect to the internet, as well as to each other.  Using a wireless connection, offices can set up a LAN, or a Local Area Network, which can be accessed by anyone within range.  Many bookstores, coffee shops, airports and other locations that frequently have many patrons who tend to stay a while offer free wireless connection (Wi-Fi).  Many printers have wireless capabilities now, such as the Brother HL-2270DW, eliminating excess wires from offices.

 

Here is a chart of some of the major differences between Bluetooth and Wireless connections:

 

Bluetooth

Wireless

Hardware

Bluetooth adapter on all connecting devices

Wireless adapter on all connecting   devices, wireless router

Bandwidth

800 Kbps

11 Mbps

Range

30 feet

300 feet

Bit-rate

2.1 Mbps

600 Mbps

Standard

IEEE 802.15

IEEE 802.11

Frequency

2.4 GHz

Up to 5 GHz

Primary   Devices

Smart phone, tablet, mouse

Laptop, PC, printer

 

Both of these connectivity options are beneficial in certain environments.  Bluetooth is a tremendous personal convenience and wireless is essential to production in the office.  These technologies have changed the face of communication.

Greg Gladman

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Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers. You can find him on .

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