I've been looking into Wifi stuff in the past couple days, trying to ensure I'm making best use of the tools at my disposal here at home. I'm having a hard time figuring out which WiFi standards my devices are compatible with.
Here's what I know:
- My router is a couple years old, but is a quality router. It has a maximum possible throughput that is far higher than what I pay for from my ISP. It has dual-band support, so it is broadcasting on 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. Looking at my router configuration settings in my browser, both frequencies are enabled, and I've named the SSIDs differently to be able to tell them apart.
- From what I can tell, my laptop (also a couple years old), should be able to take advantage of the 5 GHz frequency. It's a Windows machine, and I ran a command in command prompt to see what radio types it supports: 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n. From what I've been able to find, it's the 802.11n radio that should allow me to pick up the 5 GHz frequency.
- I have a few other Android devices, and have no idea what they are capable of picking up. I also don't know what methods are out there to check their capabilities. Just based on their age, I would expect them to be able to pick up the 5 GHz frequency: tablet is a Nexus 10, phone is an LG G4.
- I don't see the 5 GHz SSID show up under "available WiFi networks" on any of my devices. This would leave me to believe that none of my devices are capable of picking up the 5 GHz frequency, but it seems that at least my laptop should.
Is there something I'm missing?