Difference between Wi-Fi vs. LAN

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I'm trying to setup my Canon printer and I need to know the difference between Wi-Fi and LAN. Is LAN only for corporate use? I have Wi-Fi in my home. This printer is for my home office use.


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  • TheRealRaven
    Neither is in any way just for home or office use. In practical terms, they refer only to whether or not the devices may communicate through a cable (LAN) or wirelessly (Wi-Fi).

    During the past decade or two, wireless has become a preferred connection method for most homes simply because there is little need to run lengths of cables into the various rooms of a house. But a number of reasonably inexpensive small devices have also become available that plug into electrical outlets and allow house wiring to be used in place of dedicated cables. A computer may connect to one of those with an ethernet cable and thereby be connected to the home network.

    Wi-Fi is easily less expensive, but connections may have limited strength levels. Any number of factors can introduce interference that reduces effectiveness.

    Direct cable generally ensures better speeds, better reliability and better security for home users. Using power-line adapters may allow signal leakage to neighboring homes, depending on equipment such as external transformers.

    Wi-Fi allows connections from anywhere the signal is strong enough, including out in the yard. It can also allow neighbors' access or simply passersby.

    Security is generally ensured the same ways regardless. Primary requirement will almost always be with sufficiently strong passwords or phrases that aren't shared.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    What error is there, when you tried to connect the printer with your system? Is there CANON printer installation setup disk? Or have you downloaded the setup file from Canon official website? Whatever it is, if you have setup file, just double click to start it. This wizard will guide you to install the printer. During this installation it asks the option either Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. Generally Wi-Fi is wireless/LAN cable less connection and LAN Cable to connect the system with Cable with proper IP address. However IP is required also for Wi-Fi. As the information is not properly described by you, please disclose more information.

    Providing here a guide from Canon website however may be this is not your printer model, but from this article you can get some ideas: https://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/pixma_printer_wireless_connection_setup/mg3540_printer_wireless_connection_setup/

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