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Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by lankox, Sep 7, 2016.
I'm surprised and bummed that the new AW is still wifi 2.4GHz only.
I'm assuming you're referring to the wifi radio? What kind of data transferring are you expecting to do that is going to require 5Ghz?
In other words, how would you personally notice the difference?
I could disable 2.4 at home which would be awesome. 2.4 is basically unusable due to congestion but I have to leave it on so the Apple Watch can see it. This means I have to tell my phone/iPad every week or so to go back to 5 because they try to slip back to 2.4.
Ah, that makes sense then. I guess we'll have to wait and see. If it did support 5Ghz there's definitely no way that would make it into a keynote.
5 GHz WiFi can use 802.11ac, advanced modulation and energy saving technologies, and it supports a very efficient 802.11n backwards compatibility layer which supports many 802.11ac features (not all of course) with older 802.11n devices (limited to Broadcom chips, IIRC).
I'm well aware of this, seeing as I set up Airport networks for clients day in and day out. I was specifically asking what benefits 5ghz would bring to a watch.
The specs are already up on Apple's website. No 5 GHz, only 2.4 GHz
I was hoping for 5Ghz for exact same thing.
The same for me.
So, I can not use it outdoor without my iPhone and WiFi?
Why? You cannot use it in a 5 GHz W-LAN. That's it. Most of the WiFi networks support both or at least 2.4 GHz.