New AW2, No 5Ghz

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  1. lankox macrumors regular

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    I'm surprised and bummed that the new AW is still wifi 2.4GHz only.
     
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    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?
     
  3. barjam macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    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. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    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).
     
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    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.
     
  7. lankox thread starter macrumors regular

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    The specs are already up on Apple's website. No 5 GHz, only 2.4 GHz
     
  8. ikaka macrumors regular

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    I was hoping for 5Ghz for exact same thing.
    Shame Shame
     
  9. lankox thread starter macrumors regular

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    The same for me.
     
  10. lauramayer macrumors regular

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    So, I can not use it outdoor without my iPhone and WiFi?
     
  11. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    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.
     

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