Are RF and Wifi the same?


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I just have a quick question.
I have recently bought a barcode scanner which is wifi enabled.
My boss has said he would sooner have RF, but when I rang the supplier about this, they said that they are the same thing. RF is just another term for wifi, but my boss said this is not true.

Does anyone know which is correct?

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AJ
 
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wifi is a radio frequency which afaik is what RF stands for. the problems come from the different frequencies that are used by wireless devices
 

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WiFi means wireless, which means communication by RF, or Radio Frequency.

WiFi is a registered name for RF communication, mostly between computers, since 1997.

So yes, in my opinion they're one and the same, only copyright lawyers will tell you different ;)
 

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AJButler said:
So if it says that my Barcode Handset is Wifi, does this also mean it is RF?
No ...

There is a little confusion here ... ;)

Wi-Fi Alliance is a consortium of separate and independent companies agreeing to a set of common interoperable products based on the family of IEEE 802.11 standards.
... Wi-Fi is a name "invented" for the IEEE802.11 Std., ... its purpose is to allow a "Wi-Fi" devices to connect to the Internet ... Wi-Fi sounds better than calling it IEEE802.11, dont it. :D

My RF keyboard cannot connect to the Internet ... I ain't seen a WiFi keyboard but I see loads of "wireless" keyboards. :thumb:

Both "technologies" use radio frequencies ... ;)
 
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Now hang on a mo here :D

Wi-Fi, as I mentioned above, is a standard. A standard protected by lawyers.

Wi-Fi operates on a radio frequency - RF for short.

'RF' is not a standard, it's just a common term used to describe radio frequencies.

So, I suppose there may be some confusion here. If we're going to talk 'how does wifi operate' then yes, wifi and rf are the same things.

If we're going to talk 'can I label this device wifi and rf the answer may be yes..... and no'

Cos like I said, 'wifi' is a legally protected standard that just happens to use radio frequencies.

Wait, hang on..... I'm confusing myself :confused:

Answer any clearer now?

No?

Oh well, who gives a flying one anyway? ;)
 
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