Your router automatically chooses a wireless frequency to broadcast on every time you connect to Wi-Fi.
This frequency encounters less interference from other devices, so it can handle much faster speeds. But your Wi-Fi coverage will probably not be as good. As the frequency is higher it doesn’t penetrate solid objects nearly as well as the 2.4GHz frequency. 5GHz is the best frequency to use when you're close to your router.
This frequency can travel much further and penetrate solid objects more easily. However traffic from other common household devices can limit your overall speed – microwaves, cordless phones, even your neighbour’s Wi-Fi. 2.4GHz is the best frequency to use if you're outside or in a different room to your router.
You can choose which frequency to connect to by giving each one its own wireless network name (SSID). This way, you can connect different devices to different frequencies depending on what you're using them for. Choose your router from the options below to get started.
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