How does the 5GHz WiFi network operate?
WiFi can operate with 2 frequencies, the 2.4Ghz and the 5Ghz. The numbers 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz refer to two different “frequencies” that your Wi-Fi can use to transmit the WiFi radio signals.
- The biggest difference between the two is speed. 5Ghz is faster than 2.4Ghz due to using higher frequencies.
- The 2.4 GHz band is a pretty crowded place because it’s used by more than just WiFi. Old cordless phones, garage door openers, baby monitors, and other devices tend to use the 2.4 GHz band. Because so many devices use the 2.4 GHz band, the resulting congestion can cause dropped connections and slower-than-expected speeds. The 5 GHz band is much less congested, which means you will likely get more stable connections & higher speeds.
- 2.4 GHz has three non-overlapping channels to work with, while 5 GHz has twenty-four. This makes 5Ghz less prone to interference from other WiFi broadcasting devices which will result in better WiFi experience.
- A dual-band modem combines the best of both 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz and can broadcast with both frequencies.