Wireless card

Wireless cards enable users to access networks and the Internet wirelessly. These cards are standard and built-in on all new laptops and are also frequently used in desktops, handheld devices and phones.


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5GHz versus 2.4GHz

5GHz

  • Less crowded than 2.4GHz; less interference
  • Higher data rates

2.4GHz

  • Affected by microwaves
  • Longer range than 5GHz
  • Better at penetrating concrete walls and floors


How do I tell which frequency I am on?

Mac OSX

If you are using a Macintosh laptop, hold the option key while clicking the wireless icon at the top. A few lines down, under the channel listing, it will either say 5GHz or 2.4GHz.