Network Upgrade For 5GHz Band


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    Windows 10 x64 (Version 20H2) Updated
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    Network Upgrade For 5GHz Band


    Windows 10 Pro / 64Bit

    I have a router with 2.4 and 5.0 GHz capabilities. I have a 2007 HP laptop which is pre-5GHz capabilities (I think), can I upgrade it for a 5GHz? Any adapter or up-gradable card for both wired and wireless?
    I also have a Dell desktop from 2015. What 'good' network adapter can I replace the existing one with to be up to par with the 5GHz from my router?
    Searching Amazon, I found mini USBs, USB with antenna, cards and others. I am not up to par with morden technology with network. What should I do, please?
    Thanks.
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Wired has nothing to do with wifi.

    Yes....if your not on 5ghz get an USB wifi adapter to make the change from 2.4 to 5. I recently picked this up for my sons tower.I picked mine up locally from BestBuy

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    Is there any point 5g is faster but the range isn't as good so if your distance is a long way away the speed will drop. What is your internet speed 2g n type can reach 300meg so unless you get more you won't gain anything
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    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    The only major issue with 5G Wireless/Wi-Fi for me is having to change all the pieces in the Network, the Router and several computers. It will have no affect upon my Internet access but then I use Wireless DSL at 25Mbps.
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  5. Posts : 104
    Windows 10 x64 (Version 20H2) Updated
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    Plankton said:
    Wired has nothing to do with wifi.
    Yes....if your not on 5ghz get an USB wifi adapter to make the change from 2.4 to 5. I recently picked this up for my sons tower.I picked mine up locally from BestBuy
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    Yep I know the difference between Wired and WiFi systems. Is a wired female receptor in the laptop or desktop, if 'old', will surely work well but NOT quite compatible with the 5GHz specifications; would it. Case in point would be doing Wired and Wireless speed tests with a fifteen-year old laptop. My two-year old phone got the speed right.

    Will head on to BestBuy to see what they have, if not, will order from Amazon (Alaska prices are usually high).
    Thanks for the reply. Stay safe.

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    Samuria said:
    Is there any point 5g is faster but the range isn't as good so if your distance is a long way away the speed will drop. What is your internet speed 2g n type can reach 300meg so unless you get more you won't gain anything
    I had 5GHz disabled in my router. I turned it back on and tested again, in the house.

    Laptop Wired Download: 2.4GHz gave me 95mbs.
    Laptop WiFi Download: 2.4GHz gave me 19mbs.

    iPhone WiFi Download: 5GHz gave me 275mbs.

    Surely there is great advantage of the 5GHz since outside the house, I use my phone's data.

    Cheers

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    Plankton said:
    Wired has nothing to do with wifi.
    Yes....if your not on 5ghz get an USB wifi adapter to make the change from 2.4 to 5. I recently picked this up for my sons tower.I picked mine up locally from BestBuy
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    More network adapter education needed.

    What type of adapter did you get. Went to BestBuy and there were a handful of them, though I did not bother to ask since the COVID, associates have bee scarce. Back to the question.
    1. In an adapter, any feature(s) I should be looking for?
    2. I guess wired would have to now be a USB.
    3. Did you get the USB mini adapter or the USB with an antenna?
    4. Did you disable the computer's existing settings or remove it from Device Manager?
    5. For the desktop, would I need to get a new network card? The PC is 2015, no wireless, just wired.
    6. Bye the way, the desktop is connected to a switch, then to the router. Switches don't have anything in it to affect the integrity of a "good" router. Right?

    Thanks

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    Plankton said:
    For kiks, just clicked the "Robot Check". Thought it is your personal link for business or so.
    How has the adapter (make and model) worked for you so far?
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    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    2. Wired generally means an Ethernet cable, CAT5, CAT5e or CAT6, connecting a Desktop and some Notebooks directly to the ports on the Router. Most Routers have 4 ports for computers and 1 port for Uplink to the Internet. A Switch adds more ports to the network, I have a Wireless Router and an 8-port Switch since I have 5 computers, 2 NAS drives and 2 Printers all Wired to the Router plus 1 cable to a workbench. Haven't tried the 2 USB ports on the Router as my needs are adequately met. Usually any other connections are Wi-Fi. A check of a couple Notebooks shows one with 802.11n has the 2.4 and the other with 802.11ac has both 2.4 and 5. The Router shows 5G connection available.
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