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

The Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight

The Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight

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

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.

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 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 40x 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

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 the Asus RT-N16 and the Asus RT-AC56U, one of which is single band and one of which is dual band AC. 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.

R8000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Top Dual Band DD-WRT 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 Wireless Routers of 2015 or you can’t go wrong with any of the choices below:

  1. Netgear R8000 x6 DDWRT – Wireless-AC AC3200 Mbps with an amazing processor and 6 external antennas.
  2. Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT – Top speed processor of 1.6 GHz.
  3. Asus RT-AC56U Tomato – The economy AC model with a powerful 800 MHz processor but no external antennas under $250.

Top Single Band Router

AsusTEK Asus RT-N16 - Linux Open Source Firmware to Stabilize and Maximize this router's amazing specs.

The Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT FlashRouter

  1. Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT– If you are looking for advanced bandwidth monitoring, a strong single-band wireless signal, or increased security, the Asus RT-N16 will not disappoint.

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

Updated: 09/27/2016

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