WiFi Networks

Peoples Wi-Fi router broadcasts two networks, 2.4 gigahertz (GHz), and 5 GHz, offering different ranges and potential bandwidth speeds. Understanding these networks can help you optimize your connection. Consider the following information to determine which network suits your needs best. If your device is Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) capable, connecting to the 5GHz network is highly recommended.

2.4 GHz

  • Potential speed*: Up to 100 Mbps (Wi-Fi 4/802.11n); up to 600 Mbps (Wi-Fi 5/802.11ac); up to 600 Mbps (Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax)
  • Good WiFi Range
  • Compatible with all WiFi-enabled devices
  • Prone to interference in crowded areas, potentially affecting speed and causing buffering during high traffic

5 GHz

  • Potential Speed*: Up to 3.5 Gbps (Wi-Fi 5/802.11ac); Up to 9.6 Gbps (Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax)
  • Shorter WiFi Range compared to 2.4 GHz
  • Primarily compatible with newer devices; older devices may have limited compatibility
  • Supports significantly faster speeds, reducing buffering and ensuring smoother network traffic flow.

Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) brings significant improvements in efficiency, speed, and capacity. It operates across both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, providing enhanced performance even in congested environments. Devices compatible with Wi-Fi 6 benefit from faster speeds, reduced latency, and better connectivity, especially in scenarios with multiple devices connected simultaneously. If your devices support Wi-Fi 6, leveraging this standard can greatly enhance your network experience.

*Potential speed is dependent upon the speed supported by the device and the subscribed internet speed.