2.4GHz vs. 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi Explained

If you're like most people, you primarily use Wi-Fi to connect your devices to the internet. If you have a lot of devices, that can potentially lead to speed issues. However, our 844 Calix GigaCenter router offers two wireless bands, 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz, to help you maximize your Wi-Fi experience and avoid issues.

What are Wi-Fi Bands?

Each band represents a frequency over which data transmits.

What are the differences between 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz?  

The main differences between these bands are range, speed and interference. 2.4GHz can reach farther distances in your home but transmits data at a slower speed. Plus, it’s more prone to interference due to having fewer channels available. 5.0GHz, on the other hand, is significantly faster and because it has more channels, it's not subject to interference like 2.4GHz is. However,  the reach isn't as far.  

Is one better than other?

Technically, no and 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.