2.4 GHz vs. 5 GHz: Distance or Range

Which WIFI frequency is right for you?


The short answer:

5GHz is for speed. 2.4 GHz is for range.


The longer answer:

2.4 GHz and 5 GHz are frequencies that different wireless devices use. They differ in range (distance data can travel) and bandwidth (speed). Think of 5 GHz  as a fast sprinter and 2.4 GHz as a slower, long distance runner.

5 GHz is a higher frequency, which means your data travels shorter distances quickly but cannot travel through large, solid objects–like a thick wall.

2.4 GHz is a lower frequency, which means your data travels further distances, but at a slower speed. Sometimes, this low-end frequency can get “crowded” by other common devices such as microwaves, garage door openers, and cordless phones, which can translate into interruptions for your connection.

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