I Only Have 5G: How Do I Split...

We hear this from time to time. Customers upgrade their service or get a new 5G router and the 2.4GHz has never been enabled or set on its own network.

Almost all 5G routers have 2.4GHz available because 2.4GHz is used for most household non streaming systems, like thermostats, doorbells etc.

The Science Behind Why Your Device Needs 2.4GHz Wireless

Understanding the Basics of Wireless Networks

Before we dive into the specifics of 2.4GHz and 5G WiFi, let’s start with the basics. A wireless network is a type of computer network that uses radio waves to transmit data between devices. This is in contrast to a wired network, which uses physical cables to connect devices.

Wireless networks are made up of two main components: a wireless access point (WAP) and wireless clients. The WAP is the device that creates the wireless signal, while the wireless clients are the devices that connect to the network.

When you connect to a wireless network, you’re essentially connecting to the WAP. The name of the network, also known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID), functions as the identifier for the WAP. When you select a network from the list of available networks on your device, you’re telling your device to connect to the WAP with that SSID.

Types of WiFi – 2.4GHz and 5G

Now that we understand how wireless networks work, let’s talk about the different types of WiFi. The two main types of WiFi are 2.4GHz and 5G. The numbers refer to the frequency of the radio waves used by the WAP to transmit data.

2.4GHz WiFi uses radio waves with a frequency of 2.4 GHz, while 5G WiFi uses radio waves with a frequency of 5 GHz. It’s worth noting that these frequencies are in the gigahertz range, which means they’re much higher than the frequencies used by AM and FM radio stations.

Differences Between 2.4GHz and 5G WiFi

So, what’s the difference between 2.4GHz and 5G WiFi? The main difference is speed. 5G WiFi is faster than 2.4GHz WiFi because it has a wider channel bandwidth. This means it can transmit more data at once, resulting in faster download and upload speeds.

However, there are some drawbacks to 5G WiFi. One is that it has a shorter range than 2.4GHz WiFi. This means that if you’re far away you may not be able to connect to the network at all. Additionally, 5G WiFi is more susceptible to interference from other devices, which can make the connection slower or less reliable.

2.4GHz WiFi, on the other hand, has a longer range and is less susceptible to interference. However, it’s slower than 5G WiFi because it has a narrower channel bandwidth. This means it can transmit less data at once, but most 2.4GHz devices are low data transmitters.

Benefits and Drawbacks of 2.4GHz and 5G WiFi

If you need a connection that can reach further and is less likely to be affected by interference, 2.4GHz WiFi may be the better choice.

Another factor to consider is the number of devices on your network. If you have a lot of devices connected to your network, 2.4GHz WiFi may be better because it can handle more devices at once. 5G WiFi, on the other hand, may struggle with a large number of devices because it has a narrower channel bandwidth.

Wireless Network Connectivity – Tips for Improving Signal Strength and Speed

No matter which type of WiFi you choose, there are some tips you can use to improve your wireless network connectivity. One is to make sure your WAP is in a central location. This will ensure that the signal is evenly distributed throughout your home or office.

Another tip is to minimize interference from other devices. This can be done by keeping your WAP away from other electronic devices, such as microwaves and cordless phones. You can also try changing the channel on your WAP to avoid interference from other nearby networks.

Finally, if you’re still having trouble with your wireless network connectivity, you may want to consider upgrading your WAP. A newer WAP may have better range and speed than an older one, which can help improve your connection.


In conclusion 2.4GHz WiFi is slower but has a longer range and is less susceptible to interference, while 5G WiFi is faster but has a shorter range and is more susceptible to interference.

If you’re having trouble with your wireless network connectivity, there are some tips you can use to improve your signal strength and speed, such as keeping your WAP in a central location, minimizing interference from other devices, and upgrading your WAP if necessary or adding a WiFi extender/repeater.

The Basement DefenderTM requires a 2.4GHz network. With its advanced monitoring capabilities and easy installation, it’s the perfect solution for keeping your basement safe and dry.

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