The router will perform band steering, which will “steer” clients to the less congested 5 GHz band's network. This allows faster AC-capable devices to operate with greater performance on one (1) of the 5 GHz band apart from the other slower dual-band devices that would connect to the other 5 GHz radio.
The traditional 5 GHz Wi-Fi uses 24 non-overlapping frequencies in the 20 MHz Channel Width. Because of restrictions, most 5 GHz consumer routers and access points use only eight to nine (8-9) frequencies.
- Eight to nine (8-9) frequencies - are labeled channels 36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, 161 and 165.
Tri-Band technology has a 5 GHz WLAN composed of two (2) radios, where clients will be steered to an upper or lower portion of the band based on distance and/or protocol.
- 5 GHz1 - Uses channels Auto and 36-48 (lower channels)
- 5 GHz2 - Uses channels Auto and 149-161 or 165 (higher channels)
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