Bluetooth and 802.11b

March 2004
Portable Design;Mar2004, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p22
It can be suggested that Bluetooth competes with the 802.11 wireless technology standard, although they are similar in many ways. This article argues that when considering which technology best suits a specific need, users must choose which feature set is most appropriate for a given application. That depends on a number of factors, including the volume of data to be exchanged, range of data transmission, and available power from the host device. The features of the Bluetooth standard are best suited for synchronizing data between personal computers, personal digital assistants. and mobile phones, while the 802.11 standard offers a full Ethernet-style network.


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