2.4 & 5GHz Dual-Band Routers – Should You Give the Bands the Same Name?

Airport Extreme setting window as describedDave Hamilton of the Mac Geek Gab is a brilliant man and you should always listen to his technical advice. Part of his advice about life in general is to always question the experts, which means you should question him!

A while back he gave some advice on naming of the two bands in routers that offer both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, also called dual-band routers. The more recent Airport Extreme is dual-band and since I own one of them, I was very interested in his advice.

The good thing about dual-band routers is if you have devices that can only run on 2.4, like our old TiVo wifi adapter, those devices can connect at 2.4GHz, while your new-fangled devices can play happily in the much less congested space of 5GHz. Ages back we solved Steve’s wifi problems on his iMac by moving it to 5GHz because 2.4GHz is so congested where we live.
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