How can you tell if iOS wireless is connected 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz from the device

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by nim6us, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. nim6us macrumors member

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    I did a fair amount searching and was unable to find what I thought should be a quick answer. I need to know if my iPhone or iPad is connecting at 2.4 or 5 GHz. I saw a lot of answers that pointed you to the router/modem/gateway, however I want to know if the iOS device can tell you somewhere in settings, or if perhaps there's an app?
     
  2. rshrugged, Jan 23, 2016
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    I think the only way natively is to establish different network names at the router for the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.

    Then you can check at your device to which one you're connected.

    Don't know about an app.
     
  3. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    As @rshrugged stated, naming your networks differently is the only way. For example, simon_network (2.4GHz) and simon_network_1 (5 GHz) would be the best way to tell (or any other variation).
     
  4. MrAverigeUser macrumors 6502a

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    your Router can tell you everything - as long as he is in contact with accepted devices.
     
  5. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I just have the two SSID broadcasts named differently according to their frequency.

    There actually is zero need for me to have a 5GHz broadcast going lol, my internet is so bad only 15mbps down and 1 up, so I will see no benefits of going up to 5GHz. My router is capable of it though so I figured "why not". I don't live in a densely populated place (apartment complex) so 2.4GHz isn't conjested or anything. I get the same speeds on both frequencies. I doubt this is how it works but I figured of most of my family is using the 2.4GHz band, maybe the 5GHz one won't be slowed down as bad but I don't know.
     
  6. Julien macrumors G3

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    If you are in another room from your router you are (almost certainly) connected by 2.4Ghz.:D
     
  7. anzio macrumors 6502

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    Not necessarily. 802.11ac is 5GHz only. I'm always on 802.11ac even away from the room the router is placed in.
     
  8. WJKramer macrumors 6502

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    ...and how do you know you are on ac?
     
  9. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

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    Same, I stay connected to my specific 5GHz SSID broadcast through my whole house. Now, I live in a very compact (nice way of saying small) house, so. But 5GHz does penetrate walls, just not as well as 2.4GHz. I still get 2-3 bars through the whole upstairs, which is right above the very centralized, and if I do say so myself, well-placed router.
     
  10. anzio macrumors 6502

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    Hold Option while clicking Wi-Fi indicator on OS X. AirPort Utility gives me other information for iOS devices.
     

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