What's the difference between 2.4GHz and 5GHz?


Your traditional wireless router emits a 2.4GHz radio frequency; an old wireless technology used by garage door openers, microwave ovens, and even Bluetooth devices. As you can imagine, the 2.4 GHz world is crowded and outdated. For this reason, many modern routers now offer dual-band support, which encompasses both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio frequencies. 5 GHz frequencies transmit data at a much faster speed, which is much better suited for streaming.


Which frequency should I use?

Although each frequency has its benefits, we strongly recommend connecting to Shadow using a 5GHz WiFi frequency. 5GHz frequencies are not only faster, but they tend to have less interference, making them more reliable for streaming movies, TV, games, and Shadow.

If your daily activity consists of emailing, browsing, or microwaving instant ramen noodles, 2.4GHz may be sufficient.


What is interference?

Now that we've incorporated smart technology into our lives (phones, TVs, kitchen appliances, etc), our homes are generating more radio traffic than ever. In retrospect, this traffic can cause your 2.4GHz WiFi frequency to become congested and interfere with other wireless devices. 5GHz WiFi frequencies are much less likely to encounter interference.


Tip: Think your internet connection could be improved? Try changing your router's channels or increasing your channel's width:

  • 2.4GHz = 20MHz
  • 5GHz = 40MHz

Using a 40MHz channel on a 2.4GHz frequency may cause performance and reliability issues with your network; especially if other WiFi networks and 2.4GHz devices are present.


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