There is a number of modern routers that support dual frequencies for wireless access i: e, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. If we talk of 5 GHz, then it is less clogged. If your device supports 5GHz, then move it over to this band. At the same time, if your device lacks this frequency, then you need to select only 2.4 GHz.
The Apple Airport Express allows 2 methods to configure the bands:
With a single name for both the frequencies allowing the devices to select the one with high power and strength.
With two different names so that you can select the one from the two manually.
Today, we will walk through the steps to change the settings of the band through AirPort Utility. Starting with the bands having the same names and how to give different names.
The opening of Airport Utility: This can be opened from the ‘Applications’ menu under ‘Utility’.
Suppose your Airport is named ‘Henry’, you will find the name with the green light on it and the same light on the internet name depicting full functionality of it.
Click on ‘Router’ and tap ‘Edit’.
Go to ‘Wireless’ tab and select ‘Wireless options’.
The box given next to the 5 GHz is unchecked. This means either the bands have the same name or the single name is assigned to both the frequencies. When you connect any device to the network, it will automatically get connected to the appropriate band. If a device supports 2.4, then it will attach to 2.4.
Note: Some devices require a separate 2.4 GHz band to connect to during the initial configuration process. The examples include Nest protects thermostats, Hootoo wireless access points, and WeMo switches. After configuring these devices once, you can rename the network name by un-checking the box.
Adding a 5 GHz network name
- Check the box.
- Create a name for 5 GHz band. For example, as we have chosen ‘Henry’ for the 5 GHz band.
- Save the settings.
When you do perform these settings, it will leave the 2.4 GHz band name as it is and the device which is going to connect to the network will automatically connect to the higher band.
Update: You will be given two options for an update:
- Optional: This means you have the option to change the name of the band.
- You must click on ‘Save’ to save the changes you made so far.
The network will now get temporarily down:
- Warn other members of the network.
- Tap Continue.
Airport Express will restart
When the device restarts, the orange light on the face side of Airport Express means the network is not available. When it turns green, you will be able to use it fully.