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Posted byu/[deleted]2 months ago

LPT: If you have slow wireless internet, change your 5GHZ wifi settings to broadcast on a seperate name and connect to that instead. It will be immediately faster with less latency as if your router has them both with the same name it will usually connect to the stronger but slower 2.4ghz frequency

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No, it won’t.

I wish r/LPT required fact checking...

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I wish the whole internet required fact checking

level 1

This sort of depends on other factors though. If you're using 802.11N then 2.4ghz won't necessarily be "slower" since it's most likely still going to be way faster than your ISPs connection anyway. This would only really matter if you're talking about local traffic, like a local file transfer from one device to another on the same local network. But for anything internet related? You're going to be bottlenecked by your ISP speed (unless you have something like Google fiber) now if by faster you mean you're less likely to deal with interference issues on the 5ghz network then yes you would be correct.

level 2

Should also be reiterated that 2.4 is stronger in the sense that it has better coverage, so a 5GHz connection in a house without some sort of mesh solution is a bad idea.

level 3

If I’m getting a lot of packet loss when gaming, will it help that I switch to the 5GHz? Or would it be the same as 2.4 in the sense that other family members are on Netflix or music and it’s just getting too much for the router to maintain

level 4

Packet loss is difficult to fix without knowing a little more about your connection in general, but personally I doubt you would see much overall improvement from switching to 5GHz for that reason.

You could test it very easily though. Take a day where you can use the computer uninterupted. Ping* something, preferably your game's server, indefinitely. Leave the computer on to do its thing for 5 minutes, then end the ping by pressing ctrl+c.

You should now have an amount of packet loss that can be your baseline. Now try the same test while on 2.4, then on 5 while your parents are streaming netflix. Essentially, try to figure out what helps and what doesnt.

*Ping command in cmd: ping xxx.xx.xx.xx -t

And also, just use a cat5 cable if you want results. If you are getting packet loss while using a cable, call your ISP, because that means your connection is compromised in some other way.

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