Gigahertz, but what does it mean?
Giga means “billion.” Hertz (Hz) is a shorthand when talking about frequency and means “times per second.”
Gigahertz (GHz) is a unit of frequency equal to one billion hertz. It is commonly used to measure computer processing speed, alternating current, and electromagnetic (EM) frequencies.
Why it’s important
Wi-Fi is primarily used to connect devices to the internet. If you have multiple devices, that can potentially lead to speed issues. However, our router offers two wireless bands (what carries the Wi-Fi to your device), 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz, to help you maximize your Wi-Fi experience and avoid issues.
What are the differences between 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz?
Each band represents a frequency over which data transmits. It is like an invisible bridge that brings the Wi-Fi to your device. The main differences between these bands are range and speed.
- 2.4 GHz can reach farther distances in your home but transmits data at a slower speed.
- 5.0 GHz is significantly faster than 2.4 GHz, however, the reach isn’t as far.
- *Note: 5.0 GHz is not the same as 5G.
Is one frequency better than the other?
Technically, no. Many smart home devices like thermostats, garage doors, baby monitors, and appliances only connect to 2.4 GHz. However, to maximize your speed, we generally recommend connecting any compatible device to the 5.0 GHz band. In fact, simply connecting a few of your devices to this band can help you vastly improve your overall internet experience.