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general questions about a Netgear router & wireless access.
« on: September 29, 2012, 05:20:43 PM »
Hi Shane... hope your weekend is going well.

I have a couple questions about my Netgear router I was hoping you could help me with.

My router is a Netgear WNDR3400.

In the wireless settings page, it shows two different types of broadcasts.

The top part shows (2.4GHz b/g/n)

Below that, it shows (5GHz a/n)

Both sections are checked "enable wireless router radio," HOWEVER, when I click on "connect to a network" on my computer, only the 2.4GHz connection shows on the list.

Is this normal, or how it should be?  Shouldn't it show the 5GHz connection?

I recently upgraded my ISP service to 30 MBPS if that makes any difference.

Any info/advice will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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Re: general questions about a Netgear router & wireless access.
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2012, 11:21:02 AM »
Your system will only see the 5ghz if it has a 5ghz wireless. Otherwise you will only see the 2.4ghz. :wink:

Just like the old cord less phones, use to have the 800 mhz, then the 2.4ghz and now they have 5ghz phones. I havent seen very many 5ghz wireless cards yet. I guess price hasn't come down on them much.

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Re: general questions about a Netgear router & wireless access.
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2012, 11:40:24 AM »
Thank you.

I guess that's part of the reason I'm somewhat baffled by it.

On my old laptop (6 years old) it picks up both broadcasts from the router (5 GHz and 2.4GHz) and gives me the option to connect to either one.

But on my new laptop (1 year old) in will only pick up the 2.4 GHz signal.

It's really not an issue since I couldn't tell the difference between the two anyay...lol.  I was just trying to understand how things work.... which I thank you again for helping me along.

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Re: general questions about a Netgear router & wireless access.
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2012, 11:45:09 AM »
No problem. It is odd your old laptop is picking up the 5ghz lol Unless its wireless is a 2.4 and 5 ghz.

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Re: general questions about a Netgear router & wireless access.
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2012, 11:45:09 AM »

 

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