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Q&A on WiFi Network Bands

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Happy Friday Cord Cutters!

This week we've got a Q&A on WiFi network bands, deals, short cuts, must-see TV, and more!

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Q&A > What's the Difference Between WiFi Network Bands?
 
WiFi Network Options

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This week's question comes from Connie who says, "I finally got a new router that seems to be giving me three different WiFi options. I just automatically picked the first one called 2.4 and it seems to be working OK but what are the others for?"

Most modern home WiFi routers will provide two if not three or more network band options. Knowing the difference between the options can give you a better overall experience, especially when it comes to streaming video.

The 2.4 GHz network band that Connie chose offers an excellent coverage range, but can be slower than the 5 GHz band. It also is more prone to interference from other gadgets since it's the most popular choice. 

The 5 GHz band is faster and less prone to interference but doesn't reach as far. So if your streaming device is at the opposite end of the house from your router, it may not be the best choice. (Fancier tri-band routers will offer two 5 GHz options, which allow you to isolate specific gadgets on a single band to ensure maximum speeds.)

Many routers will also automatically create a 'guest' network. These are designed to give temporary guests in your home access to the external internet but will block connections to devices on your home network like printers, network drives, or DVRs. As such, they shouldn't be used as your primary WiFi network.     
 
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DEALS > Save $30 Off Storage-Included Tablo DVRs & More
 
Tablo Storage-Included Deals

This week's deals on cord cutting gear and services include: 


SHORT CUTS > Spectrum Broadcast TV Fee Increasing & More
 
Spectrum Truck

'Short Cuts' delivers all the cord-cutting news you need to know about, including: 

 

WHAT'S ON > Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
 
American Idol
 
  • John Mulaney hosts and LCD Soundsystem performs on Saturday Night Live - February 26th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
     
  • American Idol returns for its 20th season - February 27th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
     
  • Canadians can enjoy season 10 of Big Brother Canada - March 2nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on Global
     
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.  

 

 
 
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