Dualband WLAN: a brief explanation

Dualband WLAN: a brief explanation

Dualband WLAN: a brief explanation


Key facts at a glance:

Find out here what dualband WLAN and the 802.11ac standard mean.

Dualband-WLAN

Especially in densely populated residential areas it is often the case that a computer will recognise many different wireless networks. Most of these networks use the usual 2.4 GHz and so interfere with each other. For users, the Internet connection slows down. The Internet Box combines the usual 2.4 GHz with an additional, low-interference 5 GHz WLAN with several channels. Just as one can widen a motorway by adding more lanes, so the dualband WLAN can make more space for its users.

The default factory settings of the Internet Box bring two wireless networks at different frequencies together under one name. End devices such as computers, tablets, or smart phones recognise only this name, and make automatic connections in the background according to the availability and the distance of the optimal WLAN. Please note that not all devices support 5 GHz at the moment. For example the iPhone  4 and 4S only connect with 2.4 GHz WLAN.

If you would like to have a say in which devices connect to which wireless network, you can find more information under “Optimising WLAN”.




Characteristics of frequency bands:


2.4 GHz

2.4 GHz WLAN:

  • Greater Range
  • More prone to interference, because other technologies such as Bluetooth use these frequencies.
  • Very common, and can therefore overlap with the wirelessnetworks of your neighbours.
  • Slower then 5 GHz wireless.

 

5 GHz

5 GHz WLAN:

  • More limited rang
  • Low interference frequency - and so faster, especially over short distances.
  • Less widesprea
  • Ideal for intensive broadband uses such as video transmission.
  • More channels with some regulated by the DFS(Dynamic Frequency Selection). More information



The new WLAN Standard 802.11ac

The Internet Box is equipped with the latest WLAN standard 802.11ac, and facilitates ultrafast wireless data transfers at 5 GHz. It will reach data transfer speeds of up to 1.3 Gbit/s. Please note that your end device must also be equipped with this latest wireless standard in order for you to take advantage of the new speeds.


Key facts at a glance:

Find out here what dualband WLAN and the 802.11ac standard mean.

Dualband-WLAN

Especially in densely populated residential areas it is often the case that a computer will recognise many different wireless networks. Most of these networks use the usual 2.4 GHz and so interfere with each other. For users, the Internet connection slows down. The Internet Box combines the usual 2.4 GHz with an additional, low-interference 5 GHz WLAN with several channels. Just as one can widen a motorway by adding more lanes, so the dualband WLAN can make more space for its users.

The default factory settings of the Internet Box bring two wireless networks at different frequencies together under one name. End devices such as computers, tablets, or smart phones recognise only this name, and make automatic connections in the background according to the availability and the distance of the optimal WLAN. Please note that not all devices support 5 GHz at the moment. For example the iPhone  4 and 4S only connect with 2.4 GHz WLAN.

If you would like to have a say in which devices connect to which wireless network, you can find more information under “Optimising WLAN”.




Characteristics of frequency bands:


2.4 GHz

2.4 GHz WLAN:

  • Greater Range
  • More prone to interference, because other technologies such as Bluetooth use these frequencies.
  • Very common, and can therefore overlap with the wirelessnetworks of your neighbours.
  • Slower then 5 GHz wireless.

 

5 GHz

5 GHz WLAN:

  • More limited rang
  • Low interference frequency - and so faster, especially over short distances.
  • Less widesprea
  • Ideal for intensive broadband uses such as video transmission.



The new WLAN Standard 802.11ac

The Internet Box is equipped with the latest WLAN standard 802.11ac, and facilitates ultrafast wireless data transfers at 5 GHz. It will reach data transfer speeds of up to 1.3 Gbit/s. Please note that your end device must also be equipped with this latest wireless standard in order for you to take advantage of the new speeds.


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