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Tips for purchasing a new wireless device for use at Deakin - Dual band Wi-Fi

Dual band Wi-Fi is now available to Deakin students. 

Dual band wi-fi uses two wireless bands (the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz wireless bands) to combat dead spots and drop outs. That means that if your Wi-Fi slows down, your device or smartphone can switch to the other signal point for reception - helping to ensure you're always connected. The 5 GHz network is available to Deakin students and gives a superior experience due to less congestion and interference, but many new devices on the market are sold with only single band 2.4 GHz capability.

So, next time you buy a new laptop, tablet, smartphone or other Wi-Fi-enabled device, ask: is it dual band? That way, you'll be able to take full advantage of Deakin's fast and free Wi-Fi network (Eduroam).

Please Note:

  • "Dual-band" is sometimes called: "2.4GHz/5GHz" or "802.11 a/b/g/n"
  • "n" by itself is inadequate – it must also have both "a" and "g" capability.


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