App & Network

What is the difference between 2.4GHz and 5Ghz?

GHz, short for gigahertz is a unit of frequency. These two frequencies are the most commonly used bands in home internet wireless networks. The key differences lies in speed and coverage. The 2.4GHz frequency covers a larger areas while transmitting data at a lower speed whereas the 5GHz frequency covers a smaller area but transmit data at a much faster speed.

Wireless range decreases with higher frequencies 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 higher frequencies like 5 GHz and 6 GHz allow you to upload and download files faster than 2.4 GHz. (Netgear, 2023)

Smart home products like Near's Wi-Fi hubs operate on the 2.4GHz frequency to provide users with greater flexibility in positioning their devices throughout their homes.

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