set your wi-fi fre­quency

En­sure your de­vices get the best con­nec­tion

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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.

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