The Differences Between Single Band, Dual Band, And Tri Band Routers (FlashRouters FAQ)

Is your Internet slow? Does it take forever for websites to load? Are your favorite Netflix shows always buffering? Is your wireless connection is experiencing some connectivity issues? These could all be symptoms of a congested and slow wireless network.

How do you remedy a congested and slow wireless network? By adding more wireless bands of course!

What Is A Wireless Band?

A wireless band, or frequency band, is how your wireless data is transmitted. These are radio waves that carry your data from one device to another. Currently, there are two frequency bands in use: the 2.4 Ghz band and the 5 Ghz band.

2.4Ghz vs. 5Ghz

So what are the differences between the two in terms of how your wireless router performs?

Single Band Router vs. Dual Band Router

As the name suggests, a single band router only utilizes one of the two bands, the 2.4 Ghz band. On the other hand, a dual band router is able to utilize both the 2.4 Ghz band as well as the 5 Ghz band.

This enables a dual band router to have more flexibility and better performance in comparison to a single band router.

Single Band Routers: A Thing Of The Past

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, and offices, causing wireless speeds to slow down.

Think of the frequencies like a highway: a single lane would have much more traffic in comparison to a highway with two lanes.

Single Band vs. Dual Band

In addition, most single band routers use the Wireless-N standard, which caps the maximum data rate at 900 Mbps.

Dual Band Routers: For Your Average Home 

With an influx in the amount of wireless devices in a common household, the 2.4 Ghz band has taken on a lot of stress. This is where the 5 Ghz band comes in.

The 5 Ghz band is newer and therefore less wireless devices are using it. A less cluttered frequency allows for a faster and more stable wireless connection throughout your home.

This particular band operates on the newer Wireless-AC standard, supporting speeds of up to 5300 Mbps. Luckily, this standard supports older Wireless-N devices, allowing for backwards compatibility.

Here are some advantages of using a dual band router:

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

Linksys 1900ACS

For everyday needs and usage, we recommend the Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC V2 DD-WRT FlashRouter. This model operates on the Wireless-AC standard, taking full advantage of its dual band capabilities with speeds of up to 1900 Mbps.

Future Proofing With A Tri Band Router

The latest and greatest. A tri band router features one 2.4 Ghz band as well as TWO 5 Ghz bands for optimal performance. Take a look at what a tri band router can do for you:

  • Supports more devices due to additional wireless bands
  • Three separate bands means three times more bandwidth
  • Dedicate each band to separate devices
  • More wireless bands for less interference

Asus AC5300 - 8 External Antennas

For the most bandwidth, highest speeds, furthest range, and lowest interference, we recommend the Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter. With eight external antennas and tri band technology, this FlashRouter will be sure to keep your network running long into the future with Wireless-AC speeds of up to 5300 Mbps.

Wireless-AD On The Horizon

While the vast majority of devices are only Wireless-AC compatible, the new Wireless-AD is beginning to hit the shelves. Only available on a few of our devices, Wireless-AD boasts speeds of up to 7200 Mbps.

How do these devices support these ludicrous speeds? On the new 60 Ghz band of course.

Rather than having one 2.4 Ghz band and two 5 Ghz bands, Wireless-AD devices swap out the additional 5 Ghz band for a 60 Ghz one. Essentially, Wireless-AD devices sport one 2.4 Ghz band, one 5 Ghz band, and a 60 Ghz band.

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Get your hands on the fastest FlashRouter we have to offer, the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200 DD-WRT FlashRouter!

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

14 thoughts on “The Differences Between Single Band, Dual Band, And Tri Band Routers (FlashRouters FAQ)

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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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  5. Mike

    All of our routers are at the very least dual band routers, and we offer tri-band routers as well. At home you can use the 2.4 and the 5.0Ghz bands and you will be all set to connect!

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