• High Fidelity
  • High Fidelity, and Wireless Fidelity
  • The electronic reproduction of sound, especially from broadcast or recorded sources, with minimal distortion.
  • Hi-fi stands for "high fidelity". It was a technology that date back to the days of phonograph records that allowed for much better sound reproduction. On the other hand, I am not sure just what "wi-fi" stands for, but it is another name for IEEE 802.11 family of wireless networking. I am suffering from a mental block as to what the other generic name is for this technology, but Apple calls their implementation of it "AirPort". --------------- Addendum Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the origin of the term Wi-Fi: Origin and meaning of the term "Wi-Fi" The term "Wi-Fi" suggests "Wireless Fidelity", comparing with the long-established audio recording term "High Fidelity" or "Hi-Fi", and "Wireless Fidelity" has often been used in an informal way, even by the Wi-Fi Alliance itself, but officially the term does not mean anything. The term "Wi-Fi", first used commercially in August 1999,[25] was coined by a brand consulting firm called Interbrand Corporation that had been hired by the Alliance to determine a name that was "a little catchier than 'IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence'."[26][27][28] Interbrand invented "Wi-Fi" as simply a play-on-words with "Hi-Fi", as well as creating the yin yang style Wi-Fi logo. The Wi-Fi Alliance initially complicated matters by stating that it actually stood for "Wireless Fidelity", as with the advertising slogan "The Standard for Wireless Fidelity",[27] but later removed the phrase from their marketing. The Wi-Fi Alliance's early White Papers still held in their knowledge base: "… a promising market for wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) network equipment."[29] and "A Short History of WLANs." The yin yang logo indicates that a product had been certified for interoperability.[30] The Alliance has since downplayed the connection to "Hi-Fi". Their official position is that it is merely a brand name that stands for nothing in particular, and they now discourage the use of the term "Wireless Fidelity".
  • Wi-Fi is the popular term for a high-frequency wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that has gained acceptance in many companies.
  • Wi-fi was coined to sound cool and easy to say without actually having a meaning. Unlike Hi-Fi which stands for High Fidelity and means that the sound reproduced is very faithful to the original sound recorded.
  • High fidelity is the reproduction of sound and image that is very faithful to the original. Hi-fi aims to achieve minimal or unnoticeable amounts of noise and distortion. The term hi-fi can be applied to any reasonable-quality home-music system. Wireless Fidelity, is a set of product compatibility standards for wireless local area networks (WLAN) based on the IEEE 802.11 specifications. New standards beyond the 802.11 specifications, such as 802.16(WiMAX), are currently in the works and offer many enhancements, anywhere from longer range to greater transfer speeds.
  • G'day Oregon, Thank you for your question. Hi-fi has two meanings high fidelity and an electronic system for reproducing high-fidelity sound from radio or recordings. Wi-fi has no connection with hi-fi. It means that network devices comply with the IEEE 802.11 wireless Ethernet standards, Regards
  • Hi Fidelity and Wireless Fidelity. I think.

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