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# 205377 10-Nov-2016 15:44
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The Fritzbox comes with 2.4 and 5 set to the same SSID, at least mine did. After a bit of reading, it appears that if you have 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz set to the same SSID, then devices should in theory roam to whichever is "best" in the current environment, but that this doesn't always happen in practice and some devices will just connect to whichever is found first, or just default to 2.4Ghz all the time. 


In my neighbourhood (as many others I would guess) 2.4Ghz is fairly saturated whereas 5Ghz is pretty clear (at least according to wifi analyzer on my phone)




I changed my fritzbox to have different SSIDs so I can explicitly connect to 5Ghz and seemed to get a decent improvement in throughput to my Surface pro (v1) which is what I use fairly often over wifi (most other stuff in my house are wired)




I'm curious on other peoples thoughts on whether it's better to have them set to the same SSID and rely on devices roaming as needed, or is this unreliable in general? 

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  # 1667496 10-Nov-2016 16:00
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Personally i prefer to have both the Same SSID and a secondary fixed SSID for the device/frequency.




I don't recall the fritz particularly supporting this however.


At the end of the day, that allows me to manage the 2.4Ghz space more effectively in transparently having 5Ghz Capable devices jumping on the 5Ghz band.


Bandstearing goes the extra distance to help with this, however pretty sure the fritz does not do bandstearing yet.

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  # 1667566 10-Nov-2016 17:45
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I use different SSIDs simply to make the setting explicit - it is so much easier to troubleshoot. All my devices that can connect to either band are capable of connecting to the lower band if the higher band is not available.


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  # 1667585 10-Nov-2016 18:54
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Bandstearing goes the extra distance to help with this, however pretty sure the fritz does not do bandstearing yet.





Interesting! Perhaps it does? 


There doesn't seem to be an english version of the page. Not really sure what "Fritz Laboratory" is either...  EDIT: Ah, looks like it's some sort of beta version of the firmware for testing\advanced previews. Only available in German by the looks of it :( but looks like band steering is on the way :)

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