Difference Between 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. (How To Split them).


2.4GHz and 5GHz

Difference Between 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.

These are the two bandwidth of the network, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz. The main difference between these two networks is speed, a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network can support up to 600Mbps and a 5GHz network can support up to 1300Mbps.  Think of these as being similar to AM and FM radio frequencies.  

The 2.4GHz signal can travel further than 5GHz, but it suffers from slower speeds. 5GHz provides faster speeds, but its signal won’t reach as far. However, in most home environments, a 5GHz signal is strong enough to reach all rooms.

Your router configuration page may not refer to these networks as 2.4 or 5GHz, but rather by their technical standards: 802.11b and 802.11g refers to older 2.4GHz technology; while 802.11a and 802.11ac refer to newer 5GHz technology. 802.11n supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz technology. 

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How To split your 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks.  

Most modern routers broadcast two wireless networks, one is 2.4GHz network which commonly used by smart home devices like Wi-Fi enable light-bulb and security cameras and another one is 5GHz network use for tablets, smartphones, and PCs. 

Most modern routers let the two network mimic one another, adopting the same name and security settings, and letting your devices choose which one is the most appropriate to its needs. This is handy because it means you don’t need to work this out for yourself.

However, your PC and streaming TV, which typically require the fastest possible connection, may choose 2.4GHz because the signal is stronger. Meanwhile, your security camera, which probably only needs to upload a picture when it detects movement, might latch on to your faster network signal, slowing down every other device on that network. Worse, 2.4GHz networks are more prone to external interference because it is used by microwave ovens, electric garage door remote controls and more.

The solution for this problem is to give two distinct names to the network (Different name to 2.4GHz and 5GHz network). You’ll usually find the option to do this in a LAN, Wi-Fi or Wireless menu.

To do this on a Plusnet Hub One or BT Home Hub,

1. Click Advanced Settings followed by ‘Continue to Advanced Settings’, then Wireless.

2. Click ‘5GHz Wireless’ and select the ‘No’ button beside ‘Sync with 2.4GHz.

3. Enter the new name for your faster 5GHz network in the ‘Wireless SSID’ box, then click Apply.

2,4GHz Vs 5GHz Network.

Note: All of the devices on your network will now connect to the 2.4GHz network because its name has not been changed.

4. To switch your more demanding devices, like your PC, tablet, smartphone, and TV to the faster 5GHz network, open the network setting, and select the new network name.

5. On Windows, do this by clicking the Wi-Fi logo on your taskbar. On an Android device, iPhone or iPad, open Settings, then tap Wi-Fi.

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