What is WiMAX?
Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access
is a technology standard for long-range wireless networking for both mobile and fixed connections. While WiMAX was once envisioned to be a leading form of internet communication as an alternative to cable and DSL, its adoption has been limited. Primarily owing to its much higher cost, it is not a replacement for Wi-Fi or wireless hotspot technologies. However, it can be cheaper to implement also instead of standard wired hardware as with DSL.
Method of installation
WiMAX equipment comes in two basic forms:
base stations, installed by service providers to deploy the technology in a coverage area; and receivers, installed in clients. WiMAX is developed by an industry consortium overseen by a group called the WiMAX Forum, which certifies Wi MAX equipment to ensure that it meets technical specifications. Its technology is based on the IEEE 802.16 set of wide-area communications standards. Wi MAX has some great benefits when it comes to mobility, but that is precisely where its limitations are most painful.