The FibreOP Wi-Fi modem (R3000) is dual band, which means you can choose from 1 of 2 wireless networks - 2.4 or 5 GHz - when connecting Wi-Fi-capable devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones.
If you don’t want to be switching between networks, the 2.4 GHz network is recommended. However for the best Internet experience, you should connect to the 5 GHz network when doing things like streaming movies, music or gaming and are within close proximity to the modem, provided your device supports 5 GHz.
Why 2 Wi-Fi networks?
Both networks have advantages:
- The 2.4 GHz network provides better Wi-Fi coverage across distance but is more susceptible to interference than the 5 GHz network. This is because more electronic consumer products — like baby monitors, cordless phones, microwaves — operate on 2.4 GHz). The 2.4 GHz network is great for roaming through the house and meeting the demands of everyday Internet activities.
- The 5 GHz network provides higher speeds at closer range and is less susceptible to interference. It’s great for gaming, video and audio streaming.
What if my devices don’t support the 5 GHz network or if just want to stay on a single Wi-Fi network
The 2.4 GHz network is recommended.