WiFi…The Difference between 2.4G and 5G

If you have recently upgraded your router you may notice that there are two wireless networks that are linked to your piece of hardware. These two networks are 2.4G and 5G. Not only are the numbers different but both of these wireless networks has its advantages and disadvantages.


2.4G is a pretty standard wireless frequency and is used for pretty much all wireless devices. With the number of wireless devices ever-increasing this frequency has become more and more overcrowded. If you are running a 2.4G wireless network in a crowded area then you may experience slow connections and even dropouts. This is due to the connections constantly clashing, and even appliances such as a microwave emit on this frequency and could cause you issues.

Despite 2.4G being an overcrowded frequency it has a good range and allows connections to a router over longer distances. So if you have a large house and tend to roam around with your phone or your tablet then it would be a good idea to connect to 2.4G to have the most freedom of movement and connection to the internet.


5G is the solution to the overcrowded 2.4G frequency. It provides a clearer signal and there are more available channels to connect through. This powerful combination of more additional channels and clear signal allows for higher speeds.

Now as good as that sounds 5G also comes with its disadvantages. The 5G frequency is sometimes known as the inside frequency. Whereas the 2.4G has a good range the 5G struggles to penetrate through walls and solid objects. This makes it less than ideal for you to be connected to it on your phone if you happen to step out the room and you could lose connection. The 5G functions best within short open plan spaces.


Which should you use?

In a basic sense, you should use the 2.4G for portable devices like phones and tablets and the 5G should be used for desktops and Laptops that would require faster speeds but wouldn’t be moved as much

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