Have you ever searched for your WiFi signal and noticed you may have two different WiFi networks? Both will have your network name, but one will have a 5GHz behind it. This is an indication that you have a dual band router. You can purchase dual band routers from several outlets, but often your internet provider like Spectrum or AT&T will provide them. There are a lot of benefits to having a dual band router, but before we get in them let’s start with the basics:
There are two WiFi signals that are broadcast from these routers: 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz. The 2.4GHz band is long range, with a speed of 400 mbps. The 5.0GHz band has a shorter range but can carry speeds up to 1,400 mbps. The more devices you hook up to one network, the more bogged down the network can become. With the 2.4GHz band being the most popular,there can be a lot of interference which can compound together in busy areas like business offices, large cities, apartment complexes, etc.
Dual Band Networks
There are a lot of benefits to having a dual band network. For starters you can have up to 100x the wireless bandwidth because the router picks up both WiFi signals. You can have two separate networks working simultaneously, which helps avoid interference. You can set your stationary devices (desktops, printers, game consoles) to the 5.0GHz network to take advantage of the speed boost and use the 2.4GHz network for your mobile devices.
If you have any questions about dual band routers or how to pick one feel free to give one of our locations a call, and we will happily help you find the router that suits your needs.
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