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What is WiFi? Get the most out of your WiFi

WiFi connects wireless devices to the internet using radio waves transmitted by the router. All routers operate on the 2.4GHz frequency, but an increasing number are now offering an additional 5.0GHz frequency.

Is the WiFi 5.0GHz worth the extra cost on a router? What’s the difference?

The short answer is, yes.

2.4 GHz

+ Larger Area coverage

–  High Interference

–  Slow speeds

5.0GHz

–  Slightly Less Coverage

+  Significantly Less Interference

+  Significantly Faster Speeds

Don’t be quick to dismiss the 5.0GHz due to less coverage. The higher frequencies will have a slightly less of range, but there are ways to increase the range. WiFi range extenders are purchasable to allow WiFi signals to reach the far bedroom or multiple floors. The 5.0GHz easily wins out against the 2.4GHz in both interference and speed.

2.4GHz frequency is often disrupted by other appliances and even your neighbour’s wifi. Appliances that can interfere are microwaves, baby monitors, radio controlled cars, cordless phone handsets & bases, and security cameras because they all operate on the 2.4GHz frequency.  Yes, even your neighbour fixing popcorn in the microwave can cause the WiFi to drop forcing your Netflix movie to buffer. If this is happening often or if you live in a built up area or an apartment, then it’s worth switching to the 5.0GHz frequency.

5.0GHz frequency is better for streaming videos and online gaming for it’s faster speeds alone.  There will be less buffering and more responsive game play.

Ultimately, the choice depends on your specific needs. There are troubleshooting guides available for both frequencies so you can get the very best out of your WiFi. We offer routers with both frequencies to suit your needs. All of our routers come pre-configured to make setup easy.

Purchase a plug & play 2.4GHz/5.0 GHz Netcomm NF18ACV router from us by calling our Customer Service Team on 1300 880 905.

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