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01-03-2019 10:08 AM
I have both a 5 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz network with my FIOS Gateway with different SSID's and tons of smart devices that connect to them: lights, fans, locks, etc. Some devices will only connect to the 2.4 Ghz network while other devices will connect to either 2.4 or 5 Ghz.. I heard that I can name both networks the same SSID and the device will automatically select the correct network range. Has anyone else done this? Would there be any problems?
01-03-2019 11:08 AM
Actually the renaming has no affect on connection.
some devices have the 2.4 GHz radio and some have the 5 GHz radio and many of the newer devices have a choice. 2.4 GHz being for furthering your distance, or the 5 GHz band for faster speeds but shorter distances.
it is always advisable to separate the SSID names like home_2.4 and home_5.0
this way let the devices chose the better connection.
verizons routers are terrible for WiFi. You would be better off using a newer router like a Netgear or Asus etc. remember it’s the devices that determine your ability to connect to one or the other or both.
01-03-2019 01:50 PM
When the FiOS Gateway first came out the SSIDs where the same. They did an update to change the 5 Ghz on to Fios-XXXXX-5G because some devices would get confused and wouldn't be able to route even though it showed connected.
Now that is not just a Verizon thing but a wifi thing. All routers you buy these days have 2.4 and 5 GHz SSIDs with different names by default.
If you want to test it out open a browser and type 192.168.1.1 or myfiosgateway.com and log in with admin password on sticker. Go to Wireless Settings up top and I think Basic Settings on left will get you there to change SSID.
01-04-2019 02:31 AM - edited 01-04-2019 02:32 AM
The posters situation lies not in the renaming of his SSID but the ability of his varied devices. The radios in the devices determine the connection. That is why I told him about the different SSID names.