The two types of dual-band routers

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
  • Simultaneous


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.

Related Articles:

Using 5 GHz wireless band on a non-simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N router
Identifying Linksys dual-band routers and devices 

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