05 Jan 2022

Single-Band routers vs Dual-Band routers vs Tri-Band routers

Router ethernet ports and several cat5-e cables

Comparison of Single-Band routers, Dual-Band routers and Tri-Band routers

Single-Band routers advantages:

Single-Band routers disadvantages:

Dual-Band routers advantages:

Dual-Band routers disadvantages:

Tri-Band routers advantages:

Tri-Band routers disadvantages:

Which router is better for you?

First off let us cover the Tri-Band router - it may seem like a great deal, three separate bands, great speeds and the ability to connect a lot of devices at once, but if you don't have a lot of 5 GHz compatible devices, there's no point in paying extra cash for those cool-sounding features. Dual-Band routers may prove themselves great, as they work extremely well, and the 5 GHz band may be useful if you decide to buy some 5 GHz devices in the future. The price for a Dual-Band router is just right, you pay for what you get. Now getting to the Single-Band routers, they're cheap, and if you don't care that much about connection speed or all of this 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz stuff, then go with this one. Dual-Band routers and Single-Band routers work great indoors, as their lower 2.4 GHz frequency is better at penetrating walls and such (it is also the most used frequency so far). A lot of gaming routers are tri-band, you can read about gaming routers here.

Recommended Single-Band routers:

Recommended Dual-Band routers:

Recommended Tri-Band routers:

2.4 GHz frequency

This band can prove itself great indoors, where its lower frequencies can more easily penetrate solid objects such as walls, which helps carry the signal around your homeplace. It supports speeds between 450 Mbps to 600 Mbps, it also has over 11 WiFi channels. Considering 2.4 GHz connections have been there for a long time, there are a lot more devices that are compatible with this frequency. You can learn about Wi-Fi channels here.

5 GHz frequency

5 GHz frequency speeds can go from 450 Mbps to 1300 Mbps, it's less compatible since it's rather new. This band offers 45 WiFi channels. You can test your WiFi's speed reading one of our guides. 

In conclusion, pick the right tool for the job, check your needs, surroundings and what you're exactly looking for. But keep in mind what you're going to need in the future. Technology changes rapidly, and so do standards and our needs.

By Maciej Oliwa on 05 Jan 2022

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