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What’s the difference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi?

2.4 GHz overview

  • Pros: Larger coverage area; better at penetrating solid objects
  • Cons: Lower data rate; more prone to interference; usually more devices using this frequency
  • Max connection speed: ~150 Mbps
  • Max signal range from router: ~410 ft

5 GHz overview

  • Pros: Higher data rate; less prone to interference; usually fewer devices using this frequency
  • Cons: Smaller coverage area; worse at penetrating solid objects
  • Max connection speed: ~1 Gbps
  • Max signal range from router: ~410 ft amplified

Which frequency should you choose?

A 2.4 GHz connection travels farther at lower speeds, while 5 GHz frequencies provide faster speeds at shorter range. Which frequency you choose will depend on where and how you use your WiFi connection most.

A lot of electronic devices and appliances use the 2.4 GHz frequency, including microwaves, baby monitors, and garage door openers. If you have many of these in your home, or if you live in apartments or condos surrounded by other people, that 2.4 GHz band is likely to be congested, which can damage speed and signal quality.

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