why do I need a dual band router or will a single do?

asked on June 3, 2013

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Single-band routers use a 2.4 GHz band and are limited in range and speed compared to dual-band routers, which use both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band. Dual-band routers are more efficient, have longer range, are less prone to interference from household devices, such as microwaves and older cordless phones, and are faster. However, this efficiency is maximized when using 5 GHz compatible devices. When 5 GHz devices are not within range, only the 2.4 GHz band gets used. Dual-band routers are also more costly than single-band routers. If you have newer (5 GHZ) and older wireless devices (2.5 GHZ), use a dual band.
Kenny G
· June 4, 2013
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You only need a dual band router if you are in an area with a LOT of other wireless routers which might slow down one band due to high traffic, you have a couple of power users playing online games, or if you have multiple wireless users, such as 2-3 computers and a couple of TVs on Netflix. Dual band is mainly a way of getting more bandwidth in your wireless network. If you have bottom of the line fiber service or cable service (5/2mb) you most likely will not see any benefit from a dual band unit. If you have 25mb fiber and Netflix is having stops and starts, a dual band may make a big difference.
Bruce
· June 4, 2013
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You don't need a dual band router, the range on this unit is not impressive. BTW- not all devices can use the alternate high freq band.
Rickey M. Horwitz
· June 3, 2013
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It depends on how it is going to be used and in what kind of environment. For example I went with this unit as I was moving to a VOIP phone system. I also have multiple potentially interfering devices in close proximity. This solved the problem nicely. Hope this helps. Good Luck. Tom
Thomas Windsor
· June 7, 2013
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Dual-band routers allow you to connect many devices without "congesting" the airwaves. Some wireless adapters, gaming devices (like xbox or playstation), personal entertainment equipment and network bridging devices will use the higher 5GHz frequency to connect to your network, thereby leaving the more common 2.4GHz b… see more Dual-band routers allow you to connect many devices without "congesting" the airwaves. Some wireless adapters, gaming devices (like xbox or playstation), personal entertainment equipment and network bridging devices will use the higher 5GHz frequency to connect to your network, thereby leaving the more common 2.4GHz band open for laptops, tablets and pc's with wireless connection. Some will argue that the 5GHz connection is "better" because the signal strength is higher or there's less interference in that range. In reality it depends on your environment and devices. If you're in an apartment building and everyone has 5GHz routers, WiFi adapters, and cordless phones, there's more interference/congestion in that range. In short, you only "need" a dual-band router if you're planning to connect many WiFi devices on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels. If you just have a laptop or ipad and want some WiFi, just get a single-band router that matches the frequency range of your Wireless adapters (very likely 2.4GHz).
Hope that helps a little, good luck! see less
Dual-band routers allow you to connect many devices without "congesting" the airwaves. Some wireless adapters, gaming devices (like xbox or playstation), personal entertainment equipment and network bridging devices will use the higher 5GHz frequency to connect to your network, thereby leaving the more common 2.4GHz band open for laptops, tablets and pc's with wireless connection. Some will argue that the 5GHz connection is "better" because the signal strength is higher or there's less interference in that range. In reality it depends on your environment and devices. If you're in an apartment building and everyone has 5GHz routers, WiFi adapters, and cordless phones, there's more interference/congestion in that range. In short, you only "need" a dual-band router if you're planning to connect many WiFi devices on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels. If you just have a laptop or ipad and want some WiFi, just get a single-band router that matches the frequency range of your Wireless adapters (very likely 2.4GHz).
Hope that helps a little, good luck!

Matt
· June 6, 2013
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Can my onelink Alexa be set up with a dual band router.
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· December 31, 2018
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