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How to effectively use dual-band routers?

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I cant help to think that a new dual-band router is causing more issues then a really old Linksys router.

The router is giving of 2 frequencies ("2.4GHz b/g/n" and "5GHz a/n") and both have the same SSID and password. I think the issue is that my wireless devices keep dropping one for the other depending on which is giving out the best signal at the time and that is causing an interrupter very often.

Should the 2 frequencies be set up for different SSID's or is it best to actually turn of one of the broadcasting bands?

Thanks!
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I use two diff SSIDs when running dual band routers. I personally just add a 5G to the end of the orig SSD so you know your hopping on the shorter range but higher bandwith 5ghz network or if you need to get off of it for better range or building penetration. But running both isnt an issue and if you turned one off it would defeat the purpose of buying dual band.
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What Router is it?
Could it be overheating, and not keeping up with the load?

I've had two dual band routers working perfectly fine. (One WRT400N that I fixed from overheating with a Laptop Cooler)
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Please specify the router. Thanks.
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If you really want to use dual band, then run two SSIDs if possible. Having said that, is not easier to just run with the N specification and be done with it? The only time I would hesitate to do that is with certain Mac Books, because for some reason I've found that they don't like to work with N.
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I experienced this when I first set up my N900. Solution is that like stated above I label the 5ghz network with 5g at the end.
Then all you do is in windows you go to control panel, network settings, manage wireless networks then use the arrows to put the 5G network with to the top of the preferred network list.
Hope it helps the menu names might not be exact as I am not by my computer and can't double check but you should be able to figure it out from there or Google setting preferred wireless network. When I get home I'll check against control panel to correct any miss labeling.
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Thanks for the info. The router model is netgearWNDR3400

What happens if you have the same SSID and password for both 2.4 and 5.0 signals? Will the connected devices randomly hop between the 2 and if so, will they do it based on signal quality or randomly?
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