What is the best wi-fi frequency for your business’s purposes? This depends primarily on what level of performance you need out of your network.
When working with a HughesNet internet provider in San Bernardino County, you should spend some time discussing how to choose the right wi-fi frequency to accommodate your business’s internet usage habits.
Defining the frequencies
To understand the difference of these frequencies, it is important to understand exactly what a frequency band is.
A frequency band is the method used to transmit wireless data between devices. As radio waves, they can be either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz. The main difference between these two bands is the range (the coverage of each band) and the bandwidth (the speed provided).
2.4 GHz frequency is known for providing longer-range coverage with slower data speeds, while 5GHz doesn’t cover as much area but transmits at faster speeds.
Determining what best suits your needs
With this knowledge, the question, then, becomes how to choose the right wi-fi frequency for your business.
First, keep in mind that the GHz range for a wireless device will not necessarily influence the maximum wi-fi speed. What will be more likely to influence those speeds is the general environment surrounding the network.
For example, with a 2.4GHz band, there is support of up to 600Mbps (megabits per second), depending on the types of devices. The more devices that are connected, the slower the speeds will get, as this band was not designed to support so many devices at once but was, instead, designed to provide greater range.
A 5GHz band can support up to 1300Mbps. This greater bandwidth makes overcrowding less of an issue, and there are more channels for devices to use. Maximum speeds in this setting depend on the wireless standard supported by the access point.
The 5GHz band provides lower coverage, so, as frequency increases, the ability to penetrate walls and other solid objects decreases. Initially, this band was used primarily for outdoor settings; however, at higher frequencies, data is transmitted faster. For companies that want to give the best speed performance for their wi-fi and aren’t as worried about coverage, 5GHz is, therefore, likely to be the better option.
2.4GHz band is better suited for longer ranges and transmission through walls and solid objects. If speed is not as much of a concern and if you’re trying to establish a strong network in an area that has many walls or other objects where coverage is needed, this is likely to be the best option for you.
Finally, 5GHz wi-fi will generally experience fewer interferences from other devices than connections using 2.4GHz; so, if you have a wi-fi network where there are potential interferences from other devices, that is an issue to consider in your choice.
For more information about the considerations you should take into account when choosing the type of internet connection you should have for your business, we encourage you to contact the team at JDS Systems with your questions.