What is the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz?
2.4 GHz vs 5 GHz
There are a few key differences between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands that are important to consider when connecting a device to Wi-Fi. These differences include the speed and range of the connection. Choosing the right band for your device can significantly affect your overall Wi-Fi experience. It is important to understand the pros and cons of each band and how they may impact your usage.
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2.4 GHz Band – Better for range and stability.
The 2.4 GHz band has a long wavelength, which makes it more versatile. Because of this, many devices are designed to operate on the 2.4 GHz band, which can lead to it becomingovercrowded and slower. However, the 2.4 GHz band is a good option for devices that are located farther away from the router, as it has a longer range. This makes it a suitable choice for devices with low Wi-Fi demands such as your Ring Doorbell* or Nest Thermostat*. While it may not offer the same speed as the 5 GHz band, the 2.4 GHz band has the advantage of being able to better penetrate walls, making it a more reliable option for some devices that don’t necessarily require a great deal of speed to operate effectively.
5 GHz Band – Better for faster speeds.
The 5 GHz band has a shorter wavelength. This means it has a shorter range of coverage compared to the 2.4 GHz band. While it is generally considered to be superior due to its faster speeds and stronger connection, the 5 GHz band is limited in its range to devices that are close to the router. This is because the shorter wavelength of the 5 GHz band is less reliable when it comes to penetrating walls and solid objects, making it less effective when the device is further away from the router.
To get the best of both worlds, you can opt to use a dualband router. This type of router creates two networks, one for the 2.4 GHz band and one for the 5 GHz band, allowing you to connect your devices to the ideal band for optimal performance. The 2.4 GHz band is a good choice for devices that are farther from the router or don't require very fast speeds, while the 5 GHz band is ideal for gaming consoles, streaming devices, and other devices that require faster speeds. The performance of each band can be affected by factors such as the design of your home, the location of the router, and the device itself.
Does my router use dual band?
Yes! All Connexin routers are capable of running via dual band and will be configured to do so right out of the box.Depending on themodel of Connexin routeryou have, there may be a slight difference in the configuration which means you may only see one network, your router will then be deciding the best network band for your device to run through in the background without you having to do anything, this is known as Band Steering. Some routers will be configured to run without band steering enabled, in which case you will see 2 different networks, usually something along the lines of Network and Network_5G, with the Network one being your 2.4Ghz band and the one ending in _5G being your 5Ghz network band. Both will work in the same way, the difference being that band steering will make the decisions for you as to which device runs via which network band and when it’s disabled this gives you control over this yourself.
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