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    Default inSSIDer shows connected to a 2.4ghz channel yet computer shows I'm connected to 5ghz

    So, I'm new and my wifi has been continually dropping. I came across inSIDDer, which hasn't really highlighted any problems. (Router Asus RT-ac66u)

    When I click on the signal strength indicator in my system tray, it shows available networks. When I hover my pointer over my connected network it shows "Radio Type: 802.11n" Then, after I open inSIDDer, it shows channel 6 (which I'm fairly certain is a 2.4ghz channel) but 802.11 type "n"

    Thoughts?


    Thnx!!!!

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    802.11n is a standard that applies to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
    In the USA 2.4 GHz = channels 1 through 11 and 5 GHz = channel 36 and higher.

    What makes you think your computer is using the 5 GHz band?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ua549 View Post
    802.11n is a standard that applies to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
    In the USA 2.4 GHz = channels 1 through 11 and 5 GHz = channel 36 and higher.

    What makes you think your computer is using the 5 GHz band?
    I explained why in my first post... Is there another way to check? Plus, it shows connection speed at 144 mbps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimloktt
    When I click on the signal strength indicator in my system tray, it shows available networks. When I hover my pointer over my connected network it shows "Radio Type: 802.11n"
    802.11n does NOT imply or indicate 5 GHz band use. There are many 802.11n wi-fi network adapters that only use the 2.4 GHz band.

    The speed does not indicate 5 GHz band use either. A single 802.11n stream can have a data rate of up to 150 Mbps. A maximum of 4 streams are allowed by the standard. Not all hardware, software or environments are capable of supporting these maximums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ua549 View Post
    802.11n does NOT imply or indicate 5 GHz band use. There are many 802.11n wi-fi network adapters that only use the 2.4 GHz band.

    The speed does not indicate 5 GHz band use either. A single 802.11n stream can have a data rate of up to 150 Mbps. A maximum of 4 streams are allowed by the standard. Not all hardware, software or environments are capable of supporting these maximums.
    How do I figure out if I'm using n? I want fastest speeds available. Thnx!!!

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    Because the connection speed you reported is 144 Mbps the adapter is using 802.11n. Your router is an 802.11ac model that is theoretically capable of up to 1.3 Gbps. Network speed will be limited by the wi-fi adapter your system. In Windows open Device Manager, Network adapters to determine the model and configuration of the adapter.

    That said, your surfing speed will be limited by your internet connection.
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