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After getting the TP-Link TL-WDN4800 to replace my Netgear whatever, I immediately wanted to get on my networks 5Ghz band.

For one thing, I notice that I have to constantly try to connect to this specific band. Normally it fails to make proper connection, yet other networks (and the routers 2.4GHz band) work perfectly fine.

But overall, how do I take full advantage of this? I haven't really notice the "huge" difference that both companies and customers boast. Am I missing something?

Router: http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wirelessrouters/high-performance/WNDR3700.aspx

Wireless Adapter: http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TL-WDN4800
    
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The easiest way would be to just name the SSID something different like "My_Wireless_5ghz" and name the 2.4 "My_Wireless_2ghz" or you would have to set your device to only connect to 5ghz band wireless. I don't think you can do it any other way on a home router without somehow programming to give 5ghz priority.....at least I couldn't figure out another way to do it but maybe someone else might know.

Edit: After reading your post again lol, most poeple have the same problem with 5ghz wireless. It doesn't have the greatest range. It's really only the best when you're in a direct line with the antenna. Basically, if your router is on the first floor, and you are upstairs and a room over, it will not do so well. 2.4ghz does much better in these situations.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 10/30/12 at 1:29pm
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The higher the frequency the shorter the range. It's not exactly 1:1, but the 5Ghz band will give you less range than the 2.4Ghz. As for stability it really comes down to your home network, it's setup and the surrounding devices.

Use this tool: http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/ to see how many other homes/apartments are also on the 5Ghz band and try to move to a less populated channel.
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Higher frequency == Higher bandwidth
Higher frequency == Less range due to less wave propagation (compared to 2.4Ghz)

Weigh the pro's and con's... On my network, I run both concurrently with different SSID's
    
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If you can try and do CamelCasing for your SSID...some devices can be retarded picky for some reason and don't like spaces/dashes/underscores
 
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If you can try and do CamelCasing for your SSID...some devices can be retarded picky for some reason and don't like spaces/dashes/underscores

As far as consumer grade routers go, I have experience mainly with Netgear routers (both stock firmware and DD-WRT)

Neither have complained about SSID's with spaces or dashes.

My current SSID contains a dash (Netgear with DD-WRT)

I've also used a fair few TP-Links and Billions and if I remember correctly they were fine too.
    
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As far as consumer grade routers go, I have experience mainly with Netgear routers (both stock firmware and DD-WRT)
Neither have complained about SSID's with spaces or dashes.
My current SSID contains a dash (Netgear with DD-WRT)
I've also used a fair few TP-Links and Billions and if I remember correctly they were fine too.

Absolutely, I've never personally experienced it. Just have read some people having the issue and that solving the problem with dual band issues on certain devices/software-configs.
 
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Not to mention, the 5.0Ghz band is much less congested than the 2.4ghz band. A crap-ton of things run on 2.4Ghz, like wireless networks, cordless phones, baby monitors, RF RC controllers, RF Console controllers, etc. Most of these don't output the amount of power the average AP does, but all those devices do add up, especially in very densely populated areas. If you live in a downtown area, the 5.0Ghz advantage is going to be more noticeable than to living in a suburb, or out in the country. And while the 5.0Ghz has a smaller maximum range, it does "pierce" through walls better. So, you might find that you have a stronger signal if walls are more of a problem than distance.

As for your connection problem, I'd go with a second SSID. Use the 5.0Ghz band for devices more stationary in nature (Gaming consoles, gaming rigs, etc.), and the 2.4Ghz for mobile devices (Phones, Tablets, Laptops).
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Another big culprit on the 2.4Ghz band is Bluetooth.
    
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