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Should I Use 5GHz or 2.4GHz?

Confused? Don't worry folks! We will help you out.

Every wireless device – microwaves, keyboards, mice, headsets, speakers, and even other smart devices using 2.4GHz, that's why 5GHz is a brilliant idea!

In the article, we have tried our best to address our readers about the difference between the 5GHz WiFi range and 2.4GHz range. So, let's get down to brass tacks about 5GHz technology.

Many asked, “Should I use 5GHz or 2.4GHz?” Some say using 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneously during Linksys RE6500 setup is nothing more than an illustration of a 'placebo effect'.

In certain situations, the 5GHz WiFi range works better than 2.4GHz wireless range. Similarly, there are some reasons, why 2.4GHz WiFi may perform well than 5GHz WiFi. The difference and performance for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi range are very much environment specific – in which network they are being used.

Way Back When WiFi Came Out

There were two WiFi versions that you could pick out from:

  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b

As per a user's point of view, there wasn't any difference between these two WiFi range version. Wireless devices based on 802.11b were less expensive and more easily available than 802.11a based WiFi devices.

Therefore the 802.11b WiFi devices quickly became the consumer's favorite. Basically 802.11b operates in the 2.4GHz WiFi range spectrum. In the modern era, it's getting quite crowded, and to help address the radio frequency interference, 5GHz WiFi has made a comeback.

5GHz WiFi Range – 802.11a

802.11a was introduced in 1999 with a promise to set up a communication in-between the network devices over the air. It was created around the 5GHz WiFi range spectrum but failed to gain attention in the market.

2.4GHz WiFi Range – 802.11b

When the 802.11a was facing the 'growing pains' the 802.11b spec was being worked on. It offered the same features as 802.11a but used less expensive and more easily available components. Because of these facts, 802.11b was adopted amongst small office users and home.

Pros & Cons of 5GHz WiFi Range


  • It has a much higher wireless bandwidth than the 2.4GHz WiFi range.
  • It has the capability to connect more than 8 network devices on a single network.
  • The 5GHz WiFi range spectrum does not use by common wireless devices such as microwaves, Bluetooth, cordless phones, etc. Therefore, there will be very less or no bandwidth interference.


  • It has a lower network range.
  • It is expensive as compared to 2.4GHz WiFi devices.
  • Like this, a newer wireless network standard and more expensive, therefore fewer devices support this frequency.

How to Setup Linksys Extender at 5GHz WiFi Range?

  • Connect your Linksys extender to the router with the help of an Ethernet cable.
  • Now, plug in your Linksys extender to an electric power outlet.
  • Turn on your computer and run any web browser on it.
  • Visit "extender linksys com" web page.
  • You will land on the Linksys extender configuration web page.
  • Enter the Linksys extender login credentials and hit on the 'Log In' button.
  • Click on the 'Wireless' option.
  • Select the 5GHz option.
  • Hit on the Save button to apply the changes.

That's it! You are done here with the Linksys extender configuration. Now try to connect your device with the Linksys WiFi extender to check the internet connectivity.



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