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What does “WiFi Built-In” mean?

 

For those of you who are about to set up your first wireless network, there are many terms that can complicate the problem.

One of these terms is integrated Wi-Fi. Simply put, this means that your device has built-in wireless capabilities.

For a more detailed discussion, read on.

What about built-in Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi

Before answering the question, it might be better to clearly define what Wifi is and what it is used for.

Wifi is essentially a means of wirelessly connecting devices to one of them via radio waves. It is supposed to be much more convenient than a wired connection because it is easy to add new devices to a wireless network without having to follow the wires around the house.

In an age where many devices are portable, Wi-Fi allows users to be anywhere on the network and still stay connected. This allows you to use one device in multiple locations in your home.

Most devices currently have access to the Internet via WiFi. In fact, most hotels, cafes, restaurants, offices and many households will have a Wi-Fi network.

These networks, especially in the home, often work with a single router connected to a modem. The router sends a Wi-Fi signal and allows other nearby devices to access the wireless network and thus the Internet.

The only requirement is that these devices must also be compatible with wireless devices. The integrated Wi-Fi is also located there.

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What is built-in Wi-Fi?

Built-in Wi-Fi just means the device you’re viewing has a wireless network connection. You do not need to purchase additional adapters for wireless network access because the device is already equipped with a wireless network connection method.

Nowadays almost all laptops, smartphones and tablets have built-in Wi-Fi. But if you’re using an older computer (or if your built-in Wi-Fi is faulty), you can buy a USB adapter to give your computer a wireless connection.

In addition, some devices, such as smart TVs and game consoles, support Wi-Fi, which only works with a separate USB adapter. These devices are called Wi-Fi enabled devices.

If you are using a device that does not have a USB port, but does have an Ethernet port, you can connect the access point to the device using an Ethernet cable to make the device Wi-Fi compatible.

Wireless standards

When viewing a product with built-in Wi-Fi, or even if you want to purchase an adapter, it is important to know which wireless standard the device uses.

Currently, 802.11n and 802.11ac are the most common standards, of which 802.11ac is the most recent. As this is the latest version, 802.11ac offers the fastest speeds on your network. This can help improve the speed of things like file transfer over a network.

You should also be aware that although these standards are backward compatible, this is not the case if you want to use an 802.11n adapter with an 802.11ac router. They are limited by the speed of the slower 802.11n adapter.

I hope this article has made it clear what the integrated WiFi is all about. If you have further questions, you can ask them in the comments section below.

 

 

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