Facts About The Advantages of Wireless 5 GHz:

AC connection technology is the hot topic when it comes to wireless networking, but in this article we will focus on consolidating the 5GHz frequency as a trend for years to come. To understand its benefits and disadvantages, we need to differentiate it from the most common frequency these days.

The main difference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless frequencies concerns the number of devices per frequency. 2.4 GHz suffers more interference than 5 GHz. This is for two reasons: first because the old 11g standard uses only the 2.4 GHz frequency, and this is the most widely used standard on a global scale. In addition, 2.4 GHz has fewer channel options – only three – while 5 GHz has 23 channels without overlap. The second reason is that many other devices “steal” the 2.4 GHz frequency, such as microwave ovens and cordless phones. These devices create noise that further slows down wireless networks.

The second difference is the range, as 2.4 GHz is capable of reaching farther than 5 GHz. This is because of a basic characteristic of waves, which disperse much faster at higher frequencies. So if your biggest concern is coverage, you should opt for 2.4 GHz.

Although the 5 GHz frequency is smaller than 2.4 GHz, it is capable of transmitting more data per second because it is virtually interference free. It is possible, for example, to have up to 20 nearby network devices operating at the same frequency without loss of signal or internet speed.

In addition, all routers operating at the 5 GHz frequency are dual band, meaning they also operate at 2.4 GHz simultaneously, allowing devices not yet working at 5 GHz to connect as well.

In all respects, opting for the 5 GHz frequency is the best option because the user will have more channels and can isolate themselves from other networks, and suffer much less interference. But the frequencies of radar and military technologies are also 5 GHz, which can generate some interference. Many countries require that devices operating at 5 GHz must support both Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) and Transmission Power Control (TPC).

Another advantage concerns the performance of the handsets. With a compatible router or WAP, smartphones and tablets will perform much better, because with a stronger signal and high throughput, they will use less power to get the noise-free signal, resulting in better battery life, plus better network performance.

There are also those who want to know more about the applications that will justify the Gbps speed that will be available to many consumers in the Americas in less than five years. All this curiosity is the result of uncontrolled consumer expectations and also an unmet need to educate the market about the reality of wireless technologies that can be used to deliver mobile services.

I believe that with the advantages of AC technology and the 5 GHz frequency combined with the popularization of fiber optic internet in Latin America, the demand for high speed routers is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. With this, the adoption of this type of technology will be increasingly natural, which may reduce its costs, still high in the country, which today represent the biggest barrier to its popularization.