What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and Mobile Broadband

Some might think this is obvious, but many people don’t understand the difference between Wi-Fi and Mobile Broadband.

The internet has become a standard feature on our mobile devices and smart homes over the last few decades and how we connect to the internet can vary.

Different technologies serve different needs. However, the user probably won’t recognise this; because these technologies work fairly seamlessly together. Our phones for example, can switch between 3G/4G/5G and Wi-Fi connections without changing the user’s experience.

Mobile Broadband

3G, 4G and now 5G. What are these?

They all represent three generations of the same technology. They literally mean, 3rd Gen, 4th Gen and 5th Gen.

The main differences between these generations are to do with their radio frequency – Their output have different speeds and different ranges.



Wi-Fi is the wireless protocol used by almost every consumer electronics device that can benefit from a Web connection. It’s commonly used in homes and business premises.

Devices include PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, smart TVs, the list is ever-expanding.

Wi-Fi routers also have several generations of their technology in use today:WiFi4, WiFi5 and WiFi6 are commonly found in today’s home or office routers or access points.