Is your Wi-Fi 5G? How about your AT&T phone? Doesn’t 5G require new cell towers, like, everywhere? No, no, and no. Confusing branding and marketing have been combining several similar terms, in some cases innocently and in some cases on purpose. Let’s start by quickly answering some questions you might have: Your home router has 5GHz Wi-Fi. Your router isn’t 5G cellular, the new system wireless carriers are installing now. “5G E,” which will appear in your 4G AT&T phone’s status bar soon, also isn’t 5G cellular. People who say that 5G cellular is millimeter-wave are half wrong. 5G cellular will require new phones, appearing in 2019 and 2020. Okay, now let’s explain what 5G, 5G E, and 5GHz Wi-Fi have to do with each other. 5GHz Wi-Fi Is Not 5G Cellular 5GHz Wi-Fi is a short range, home networking system that operates in the five-gigahertz radio band. It’s been around since 1999, but it became more popular when 802.11n home routers were released in 2009. Most Wi-Fi devices support it now. Wi-Fi primarily uses two frequency bands, 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Because the 2.4GHz band is the default for most devices, only has three available clear channels, and is shared… Read full this story
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