Which WiFi Frequency is Best?

November 18, 2021

When it comes to comparing your WiFi frequencies, you need to start with the basics. Your router has two wireless frequencies to transmit wireless signals to your wireless devices.  These two bands are the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands (also known as dual-band).   The difference between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi bands is speed and range.  Reducing the amount of congestion, or traffic on each of these bands should be your aim.


2.4 GHz vs 5 GHz

A 2.4 GHz wavelength travels farther and at a lower speed.  A 5 GHz wavelength is best for shorter range and faster speeds.  Which band you choose will depend on how and where you use it.  Many wireless device manufacturers use the 2.4 GHz band to transmit because it’s more versatile with WiFi routers.  If you have many devices operating on the 2.4 GHz band, your WiFi network could become congested and cause slow performance.


The 5.0 GHz band has a shorter wavelength and thus a smaller coverage range, but it offers faster connectivity speeds. Moving your newer wireless devices to the 5 GHz band will reduce congestion and will let them take advantage of the 5 GHz band faster speeds.


Knowing which WiFi frequency your devices should be on can be made simple with a Managed WiFi solution such as Hitron’s Managed WiFi and MyHitron app.  The MyHitron app enables you to manage and control your home network and connected devices in the palm of your hand.  Most Managed WiFi systems use Artificial Intelligence to intelligently optimize and direct your wireless devices on to the best WiFi band for its optimal performance.


Hitron’s Managed WiFi is available from your Internet Service Provider.  Ask your ISP about Managed WiFi today.


Need more information about Managed WiFi  or ? Check out Hitron’s Blog.



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