The MATE modem/router generates two Wi-Fi networks – a 2.4GHz WiFi network and a 5GHz WiFi network.
Above Left: MATE TP-Link Archer VR400 | Above Right: MATE TP-Link Archer VR1600v
Above: MATE NetComm NF18ACV
We highly recommend connecting most of your devices to the 5GHz Wi-Fi network as this has a much more powerful speed and should always be used when possible.
Below is a short explanation of the difference between the two Wi-Fi networks on the modem.
2.4GHz WiFi Advantages
- Compatible with most devices including older devices (such as desktop computers)
- Stronger signal over a longer range/distance
2.4GHz WiFi Disadvantages
- Much slower than the 5GHz network
- More interference as cordless handsets and other portable devices usually use the 2.4GHz frequency which can affect speeds
- Terrible in apartments or large unit blocks as interference is usually very high
5GHz WiFi Advantages
- Much faster than the 2.4GHz network
- Generally less interference from other devices than the 2.4GHz network
5GHz WiFi Disadvantages
- Shorter range/distance of signal than the 2.4GHz network
- Some older devices (such as desktop computers) will not pick up the 5GHz network