Is there a difference between WiFi and the internet?

Monday, May 02, 2022 · 10 mins


Internet and Wi-Fi are two terms that have been used interchangeably more often than not. However, these are two separate things and need to be understood clearly so that you get your internet basics right.

To put it simply, Wi-Fi uses radio frequencies and signals to transfer data without wires and the Internet is transmission of data with the use of high speed internet.

What is an Internet Connection?

Internet refers to wide bandwidth data transmission. Think of the internet as data that's being transmitted between two devices. The Internet, in this case, is the passway on which that data is moving. There are various types of Internet connections - ASL, DSL, Cable, Fiber, etc. All of the technologies aim at offering high-speed internet to their users. For instance, fiber optic cables are by far the best technology that offers its user symmetrical speeds and high bandwidth.

How does an Internet connection work?

Internet provides the internet by using many lines to transmit a lot of data rather than a single line used by old dial-up connections. Internet term here means using more than one band to transfer data. 

In simple terms, you can assume a dial-up as a one way street where only one vehicle can move at a time whereas the Internet is a highway with multiple lanes where multiple vehicles can move together. Here each vehicle is the data packet transmitted to you or vice versa.

Parallel transfer of multiple data packets at a time increases the speed of the internet via Internet.


What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi technology is basically using radio frequencies and signals to receive and send information wirelessly between two devices. Wi-Fi can be understood as the means by which the Internet can be accessed wirelessly. All Wi-Fi connections work on two frequency bands - 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. the 2.4Ghz frequency band is used for longer distances and lower bandwidth, whereas the 5Ghz frequency band is used for a shorter distance and larger bandwidth.


How does a Wi-Fi connection work?

All Wi-Fi connections work on two frequency bands - 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz in two simple steps - sending data and receiving data. First, a request is sent to your router and modem to access the internet for information. Then, the desired response is sent back to the router via the modem. The router further sends the information back to the device wirelessly.


What’s the difference between Internet and Wi-Fi?

Internet is a type of internet connection given by your internet service provider. Wi-Fi is a technology and one of the means of connecting to the Internet to access the internet. Your Internet can be accessed via a LAN cable directly connecting your router and device. However, the advantage of a Wi-Fi connection is the ability to access information without a physical connection between two devices.

If you are looking for a high speed internet connection for your home or office, you can check out ACT Fibernet’s internet plans here.

Read tips and tricks to increase your wifi speed here

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