Router FAQ: What is the Difference Between Dual Band Routers & Single Band Routers?

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Is your router running slow? Does your Roku media player seem to be stuck in endless buffering? Is your wireless connection is experiencing some connectivity issues? Don’t worry; it’s probably nothing that can’t be solved with a dual band router.

Dual Band vs. Single Band WiFi Router Comparison

Single Band Vs. Dual Band

Single Band Vs. Dual Band

At this point, you might be wondering, “what exactly is a dual band router?” Our explanations can be a little dense and technical from time to time, but this one’s pretty simple: a dual band router basically utilizes 2 different signals, one from the 2.4 GHz band and the other from the 5 GHz band.

A single band router can only pick up the 2.4 GHz band, while the dual band router can pick up both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.

That’s about it. And while we’re exalting our dual band routers as they compare to single band routers, here are a couple of ways the 2.4 GHz band can slow your router down.

How Fast is Wireless-AC?

Disadvantages of Single-Band Routers

The 2.4 GHz band only has three non-overlapping transmission channels making it vulnerable to interference from nearby electronic gadgets such as microwave ovens, cellular phones, Bluetooth devices, cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots, televisions, and much more.

The 2.4 GHz becomes cluttered and bogged down. To make the situation worse, these sources of interference can all compound together in busy environments such as large cities, apartment complexes, business offices, etc.

Benefits of Dual-Band Routers

Does your router seem to have become slower over the years? Well, given the advent of tablets and smartphones, that sort of thing is bound to happen. We are all increasing the amount of electronic devices we bring to our households year by year, creating more interference for our poor single band router without even knowing it.

You might think scaling back is the only option; not so. Switching to a dual band router may be the easy fix you need if you are having connection or speed issues with your current router.

Most recently, we have seen the rise of Wireless-AC dual band devices that add Wireless-AC for the latest devices  (and now Wireless-AD/ Tri-band) and connectivity but also support Wireless-N & Wireless-G. Wireless-AC devices have multiplied the internal and external wireless power of devices immensely in a matter of months.

Here are some advantages of using a dual band router:

  • Up to 100x the wireless bandwidth (Picks up both the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz bands)
  • Dedicated Wi-Fi Network for Video and Gaming
  • Separate networks avoid interference
  • Two separate Wi-Fi networks operating simultaneously

Upgrading to dual band will get your network’s performance to where you need it to be, simple as that. Dual band is better for closer range and higher bandwidth activities because of its premium signal quality.

The Cream of the Crop VPN WIFi Routers

Are you looking for the best dual band routers? Maybe we haven’t convinced you and you still want to go with single band? After all, if you are primarily using a router for wired purposes, single band does not matter as much as Gigabit ports, which are ten times faster than standard Ethernet ports.

The most popular DD-WRT router for wired users only are and the Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT and the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT AC1900 (long time FlashRouter bestseller), one of which is dual band AC and one of which is single band. Luckily for you, we offer plenty of both options, and we’ve assembled a list of the top dual band and single band routers that we offer here at FlashRouters.

Router of the Day - The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Top Dual Band DD-WRT Routers – VPN Wireless Routers

Our top-end routers offer better 2.4 power than many routers and up to 10X the speed of older Wireless-G Routers. Not only that, our routers offer speeds that allow HD streaming (for activities like watching Netflix) with much less interference. Check out the top most popular Wireless Routers right now or you can’t go wrong with any of the choices below:

  1. Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT – Up to AC3200 Mbps with MU-MIMO compatibility and 1.7 GHZ processor. Top of the line performance at a middle of the range price.
  2. Netgear R7800 X4S DDWRT – Wireless-AC AC2600 Mbps with an amazing processor and 4 external antennas.
  3. Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT – Top speed processor of 1.6 GHz.
  4. Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT – The original Nighthawk is  still a premium performer at a budget price.
  5. Asus RT-AC56U Tomato – The economy AC model with a powerful 800 MHz processor but no external antennas.

Still have questions about your router? Need some advice? Contact us!

Updated: 4/30/2018

10 thoughts on “Router FAQ: What is the Difference Between Dual Band Routers & Single Band Routers?

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  2. Russ Swanson

    I’m paying for 150mbs I have a single band router is that ok or do i need a dual. My speed is slow it’s buffering alot.

    1. admin Post author

      It might handle it wired but I wouldn’t expect much wirelessly beyond standard tasks like browsing and e-mail.

    1. Benedikt Neumayr

      You’re actually right’ There are “Simultanous Dual Band Routers” and “Selective Dual Band Routers”. The simultanous one can use both bands at one time while the other can only use one band at a time.

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