Saturday, 13 August 2022

Why connecting to 5 GHz Wi-Fi is not always the best idea

To be able to connect to the Internet we have the option of cable or wireless network. The latter has gained a very important weight in recent years. We have more and more compatible equipment and also the technology has been improving. We have the possibility of connecting to the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. The first is the fastest and the most modern devices have that option. However, it is not always better to connect to that band, as we will see.

Using the 5 GHz band is not always the best

When we connect to the Internet wirelessly, it is common for errors to appear. Sometimes we do not have the speed we would like, there may be cuts and instability. The reasons can be very diverse, but without a doubt one of the main ones is that we are connected to the wrong band.

Generally users tend to think that by using the 5 GHz band the connection will be better. It is true that it is the fastest option, as long as the circumstances are optimal. But of course, sometimes this does not happen and we can have a loss of quality, speed and problems.

A lot of distance with the router

One of the most important points to keep in mind is that the 5 GHz band is much more sensitive to distance from the router or access point. If we are experiencing problems, it may be because we are too far away.

In this case, the best option is undoubtedly to opt for the 2.4 GHz band. It is the one that will offer the best results when we connect from afar. Also if we are in a large open space. Basically we can say that the 5 GHz band is the best if we are in a small place and close to the router.



There are walls and walls

It is also not the best option if we have walls or walls that can weigh down the connection. Any obstacles that may exist could cause your internet speed to drop drastically, as well as cause outages and instability.

Once again, in these cases we should opt for the 2.4 GHz band. In this way we will make sure that it works as well as possible, that there is no problem and also have a good speed to connect the equipment.

Less congestion on the 2.4 GHz band at times

In recent years, the use of the 5 GHz band has increased considerably. We have more compatible devices and also users see it as the best option to achieve maximum speed. However, if we are in a very congested area , such as a public Wi-Fi network in a library, we may find that the 2.4 GHz band is not being used by practically anyone and it will work better.

In this case it would also be more advisable to avoid the 5 GHz band. We would achieve greater stability and quality. We must always take into account the place from which we are connected.

Therefore, we can say that it is not always a good idea to connect to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band, although we generally think that it may be the best to have the maximum speed and quality. It is important to place ourselves in the context in which we find ourselves and analyze what is best.



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