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2.4 vs 5 GHz Wi-Fi Frequency Bands – Which Is Better?

Have you ever purchased a new Wi-Fi router and you noticed that the router has both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands or maybe your existing router has both of them? Have you ever wondered why some routers have these dual bands?

When hunting for a Wi-Fi signal, or when setting up a dual-band router, you might have seen the option to connect or transit either a 2.4 vs 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequency band. Both have advantages and disadvantages, but the major benefit to 5Ghz is less interference from other devices, which use the same frequency. So why are these two frequency bands provided? Which Wi-Fi frequency will give you the best signal or connection speed from your dual-band router?

The primary differences between the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies are range and bandwidth.

Did You Know the difference between Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz and 5GHz?

  • 5GHz provides faster data rates at a shorter distance.
  • 2.4GHz offers coverage for farther distances but may perform at slower speeds

So, 2.4 vs 5 GHz Wi-Fi Frequency Bands – Which Is Better?

Answer- It depends on your situation.
•     If faster speeds are most important to you, 5GHz is usually a better choice than 2.4 GHz.
•     If the wireless range is more important to you, 2.4 GHz is usually a better choice than 5 GHz.
•     If you have a lot of devices that use 2.4 GHz and you are experiencing interference or intermittent connectivity issues, then 5 GHz is probably a better option

Summary

•  5ghz Wi-Fi is the best with term of speed and less interferences but short on coverage. You will need an additional Wi-Fi booster to improve the Wi-Fi coverage, especially on 5GHz.
•  Make sure your device supports latest Wi-Fi standard protocol 802.11AC to enjoy full 5GHz speed.

You can read the article on ‘what affects your speed?’ here >  http://www.consumerinfo.my/internet-speed-and-me/

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