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Dual band vs single

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  1. ladyjay

    ladyjay Thread Starter

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    HI there - in Australia, looking to purchase a new toshiba settallite laptop with one of the main cons, accoridng to reviews, being that it has on single band wifi as opposed to dual band wifi. Just wondering what the deal with this is and if this is going to be a problem, and what kind, in having only sinlge band wifi?
    Thanks!
     
  2. etaf

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    no problem with the one band

    wireless signals are broadcast at the common 2.4ghz and recently there has also been dual band routers which will broadcast at 5ghz - switchable or simultaneously

    the 5ghz is useful if you are in a very busy area , that has a lot of 2.4ghz signals and getting wireless interference

    if you dont have a dual band router - its unlikely you will need the 5ghz signal - not sure if many hotspots are using this band at all yet

    whats the make and model of the router you have an hope to use it with?
     
  3. ladyjay

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    [hi there - thanks for your response

    it's a billion 7401 vgp (for voip as well)

    does this make a difference? thankyou!
     
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    the fact that the 5. ghz is not available does that mean I don't need the dual band and I'll be fine with the single? Thanks!
     
  6. etaf

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    yes, the single will be OK
    it will probably say
    802.11 b/g/n wifi adapter

    whats the exact model of the laptop or a link to spec
     
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    If there is no real price difference, I would get the dual band for 'future proofing'. As in if your modem/router gets upgraded you wouldn't need to do anything to get the 5Ghz, or if you get a new router.
     
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