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Dual-channel router: which WLAN should I use with what?

#1Arsene-LupinPosted 9/2/2014 12:18:54 PM
Broadcast two WiFi networks, one at 2.5ghz and on at 5ghz.

Most of my machines (PC, PS4, 3DS, etc.) can only detect the 2.5ghz signal. But for others, I have a choice. Should I just connect everything to the 2.5ghz WLAN, or (as seems logical to me) connect everything that can connect to the 5ghz signal to the 5ghz WLAN.

Maybe this is a really obvious thing (it certainly seems so), but I don't know anything much about networking so I thought I'd check in with all of you very smart people.
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#2conker332Posted 9/2/2014 12:21:37 PM
If your devices support 5 ghz, you should definitely connect to it.
#3AlleRacingPosted 9/2/2014 2:16:41 PM
AFAIK, 5 GHz has shorter range than 2.4 GHz. Not sure if that will vary by router though.
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#4foodeater4Posted 9/2/2014 2:22:10 PM
5ghz is a lot faster. you should definatly be using it for your PS4 and PC for gaming purposed wether it be playing or downloading. Also even better if the router is located near ps4 or pc, just hook it up wired if possible.


My 360 supports 5ghz with the wireless adapter I cant imagine a ps4 would not.
#5ChromaticAngelPosted 9/2/2014 3:02:23 PM
5ghz is faster but has shorter range. for devices in the same room as the router, I recommend 5ghz. For everything else, use 2.4ghz
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#6Master_BassPosted 9/2/2014 3:13:57 PM
If you can use 5 GHz, and your device is in range, I'd say go for it. It is faster as others said.
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#7mrCubePosted 9/2/2014 4:52:13 PM
5GHz band is less susceptible to interference from other devices since the frequency is less crowded. However, the range is shorter, and the frequency does not penetrate as well through solid surfaces like walls and appliances.

Speed is a perceived advantage of 5GHz but that's not necessarily true. Even if there were a definite speed advantage to the 5GHz frequency, chances are your internet isn't fast enough to be capped by 2.4GHz 802.11n anyway, so it won't make much of a difference.

If you're in a crowded area with a lot of other wireless networks, go with 5GHz. Otherwise it's probably not going to make a huge difference.
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