What are the differences?
The primary differences between the two frequencies are the range (coverage) and bandwidth (speed) that the bands provide. The 2.4 GHz band provides coverage at a longer range but transmits data at slower speeds. The 5 GHz band provides less coverage but transmits data at faster speeds.
The range is lower in the 5 GHz band because higher frequencies cannot penetrate solid objects, such as walls and floors. However, higher frequencies allow data to be transmitted faster than lower frequencies, so the 5 GHz band allows you to upload and download files faster.
Your WiFi connection on a particular frequency band can also be faster or slower because of interference from other devices. Many WiFi-enabled technologies and other household devices use the 2.4 GHz band, including microwaves and garage door openers. When multiple devices attempt to use the same radio space, overcrowding occurs. The 5 GHz band tends to have less overcrowding than the 2.4GHz band because fewer devices use it and because it has 23 channels for devices to use, while the 2.4GHz band has only 11 channels. The number of channels that are available to you depends on the regulatory domain. If you’re experiencing a lot of interference from other devices, consider using the 5 GHz band.
What works with Nixplay?
Nixplay frames are compatible with 2.4 GHz networks.
Most modern routers can broadcast 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks with different SSIDs. However, some routers that are provided by ISPs broadcasts only on 5 GHz or simultaneously broadcasts 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz . This might cause an issue when trying to connect your Nixplay frame.
· Enable 2.4 GHz broadcast on your router.
· Assign each frequency with their own SSID.
· Set up a completely new SSID on 2.4 GHz only frequency.
· Make sure you have the same passphrase for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz SSIDs.
Note: If you are not comfortable configuring your router, we recommend that you contact your ISP/IT and ask for assistance.