What are the differences between Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Mobile Hotspot?

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What are the differences between Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Mobile Hotspot?

In this section we have taken it upon ourselves to explain to you in great detail what and consist of what are the differences between Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Mobile Hotspot. Once you have finished reading this post, you will have learned that each type of connection has characteristics that make it unique, keep reading!

Direct Wi-Fi

In this case the term Wi-Fi Direct and refers to a specific protocol that allows the connection between two devices remotely. It is also important to note that this connection is wireless and it is not necessary to have an Internet service.



This way we can send files between connected devices, as long as they are within range. It basically works like Bluetooth a tool you should check if your PC or laptop has it; however Wi-Fi Direct has a much faster speed when sending files and documents.

As for the uses, this technology gives us the ability to share documents between two smartphones. It is also possible to connect a TV to a mobile device to play the content of our mobile on the TV screen.

Wi-Fi

First of all you should keep in mind that the term Wi-Fi is a diminutive of "Wireless Fidelity" which translates into Spanish as " Wireless Fidelity ". Thanks to this technology, we can connect our devices to the Internet from virtually anywhere in the world.

For this connection to work, we only need an access point and another device obviously compatible with this type of wireless connection. For example we have that the router is the access point connection, and a computer or smartphone are the devices that connect to it.



However, the devices must also have a network card. Otherwise it will not be possible to establish a connection with the access point to be able to browse the internet. Knowing this you can connect to a Wi-Fi network without any problems.

As for the Wi-Fi function, it should be noted that allows multiple computers to connect wirelessly with the so-called access points we talked about above. Currently this technology is constantly updated to improve both the stability of the connections and their security. Regarding the latter point, we recommend that you review the differences between WEP, WPA, WPA2, and WPA3 security so that you can use the one that best suits your needs.

Hotspot mobile

For Mobile Hotspot, it is very common for users to confuse it with Wi-Fi technology. However, they are not the same, as the mobile hotspot is responsible for providing the Internet to other electronic equipment (computers, mobile phones, tablets).

With this option we can transform a device into a kind of router or access point so that we can share the network with other computers.


This technology differs from Wi-Fi Direct in that the connected devices do not exchange files with each other. Also in the case of the Mobile Hotspot if we need one stable internet connection, which is not the case with connections via Wi-Fi Direct.

On the other hand, the Hotspots are generally created by cell phones. This is very useful in case your computer does not have a stable internet connection or is so slow that you need to improve your Wi-Fi speed or when there are no Wi-Fi networks available. Furthermore, it is also possible that other mobiles connect to a hotspot without any problem.


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