Create Unique SSIDs for 5GHz and 2.4GHz

Home WiFi Network Tip 2: Separating your 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Radios

Most home routers and access points are dual-band, meaning they have 2 radios – 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. These radios and frequencies usually have the same SSID (network) name, leaving it up to the devices to choose the right radio. In our experience we’ve found devices can struggle to connect to the correct radio and frequency. To help devices to find the right network, we recommend creating 2 separate SSIDs – one for 5Ghz and another for 2.4Ghz.

2.4Ghz is the original WiFi frequency, and functions on fewer channels than 5GHz. 2.4GHz travels farther and more easily penetrates solid objects (walls,ceilings). However, it’s more prone to interference (microwaves, cordless phones, etc.).

5Ghz, on the other hand, is faster, has more available channels, and is less prone to interference. In most cases, 5Ghz is the better choice for your general WiFi usage.

Here are examples of device types on each band:

5Ghz Devices
• iPhones and Android phones
• Computers
• iPADs and Tablets
• Streaming Devices
• Gaming Systems

2.4Ghz Devices
• Printers
• Security Cameras
• Smart Home Devices
• Roomba

Devices with a poor WiFi connection can adversely affect the entire network. Creating unique 2.4 and 5Ghz SSIDs is an important step in maintaining a healthy network.

Each router has a slightly different process to create 2 separate SSIDs, please consult your manufacturer’s manual. Look under options such as Wireless, Wireless Settings, or Wireless Network. Our screenshots below are from our home’s Ubiquiti Unifi router.

*You may have to disable band steering before proceeding on some routers.*

Step 1

Create a unique SSID for each network. For our example we’ll be using !My SSID 2.4GHz! and !My SSID 5GHz!. In this example, we highlighted in Green how to create a new wireless network:

Step 2

Create a password for each network. We recommend having the same password for both.

Step 3

You might have to assign the SSIDs to the correct radios in a separate section. In this example, we bolded each radio in green:

Step 4

Apply your changes. Your network will reboot and you can now connect your devices to the appropriate SSID.  

For more useful tips on improving the performance of your home network check out our other Home WiFi Network help articles here.

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