Understanding the Difference Between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

The primary differences between the two frequencies are the range (coverage) and bandwidth (speed) that the bands provide. The 2.4 GHz band provides coverage at a longer range but transmits data at slower speeds. The 5 GHz band provides less coverage but transmits data at faster speeds.

  • 5 GHz provides faster Internet at a shorter distance, whereas 2.4 GHz offers coverage for farther distances, but may perform at slower speeds.
  • If you think about 5 GHz like a highway, it’s like having more lanes and less traffic on the highway – so you can go faster!
  • You will first need to ensure your devices, such as tablets, smartphones or laptops, can read the 5 GHz Network. If your device is Dual-Band capable, you should see two SSID / Network names; one with 2.4 or 2.4 GHz, and another labeled with 5G or 5 GHz.
  • If your devices can take advantage of this, use 5 GHz in close proximity to your WiFi Modem or Router. If you are far from your WiFi Modem or Router, the 2.4 GHz is recommended.
  • If you are renaming your Network SSID, make sure to select a different and unique name for each WiFi network that helps you clearly identify both the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz network.