Dual-band routers are routers which are capable of transmitting and receiving data using both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, either simultaneously or one at a time.
NOTE: To find out the difference between connecting to 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band, click here.
There are two types of dual-band routers:
Selectable or plain dual-band routers can work on one frequency and allows you to select either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz at a time.
NOTE: If you are selecting the 5 GHz wireless network, ensure that your wireless devices and adapters have a 5 GHz capability. Otherwise, do not change the frequency of your router. For instructions on how to check your wireless adapter’s capability, click here.
Simultaneous dual-band routers are capable of receiving and transmitting on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies at the same time. This provides two independent and dedicated networks which allows more flexibility and bandwidth.
NOTE: To avoid interferences between the two wireless networks, personalize your router’s 5 GHz network SSID and password. To learn how, click here.