Router: 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz – which Wi-Fi is better?

You need a router to establish a connection between your home network and the Internet. In most cases, you can borrow a router from your Internet provider during the contract period. But you also have the option of buying one of the many models yourself.

What is the difference between a router with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz?

There are routers that work with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Before choosing a model, you should first consider which standard you need for your purpose.

  1. First, think about the range. In most cases, the range of the 5 GHz Wi-Fi is less than that of the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. If necessary, however, you can also help with a repeater.
  2. To receive 5 GHz, your devices must also support the appropriate standards. This includes 802.11n or even 802.11ac.
  3. Since the 5 GHz frequency is used less, you can expect less interference when using it than is the case with 2.4 GHz. This is especially useful if there are several households in your area that use this frequency for the Wi-Fi.

5 GHz is therefore only worthwhile if your current Wi-Fi is too unstable, too slow for you or prone to interference. If you have no problems, you can also use 2.4 GHz.