set your wi-fi frequency
Ensure your devices get the best connection
1 Unified, dual-band broadcast
A dual-band router creates two separate Wi-Fi networks, using the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Many routers give them the same name, such as ‘BTHub 5 PW59’, which can make it tricky to switch between the two bands.
2 Open your router’s settings
Your router’s manual will tell you how to view the device’s settings in a web browser. They will look very similar for most routers. By default, the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks use the same name and password.
3 Split into discrete networks
If you select ‘No’ to desync the two bands, a text box appears where you can enter a new name for the 5GHz network. If you’re worried about security, you can also create a separate password (wireless key) for this network, too.
4 Connect to the best one
We can still see our original ‘BTHub5PW59’ network on the 2.4GHz band, but our new ‘MacFormat 5GHz’ one now shows up as a separate network. Remember, only 802.11n and 802.11ac devices can use the 5GHz band.