The Difference Between 5 Gigahertz and 5G – And Why You Should Care

The realms of technology and the internet are vast and complex, filled with an array of terms and abbreviations that can feel more like a cryptic code than helpful jargon. However, in this digital age, having a grasp on these terms is a necessity. 


It’s important to understand that they’re not the same thing and knowing the difference can help you understand your internet usage and what packages are right for you.  


This blog will clarify these tech terms, making them easy to understand. You’ll be able to troubleshoot internet issues more effectively, make better decisions about your devices, and optimise your internet connection.  


So, let’s get to it – here’s everything you need to know about 5G and 5 Gigahertz. 


What is 5G? 

Let’s debunk a common myth: the “G” in 5G doesn’t mean Gigahertz.  


It stands for ‘generation’, and 5G is the fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity.  


5G comes with a host of improvements: faster data speeds, more reliable connections, and the capacity to handle a greater number of devices simultaneously. 

Think of 5G as a hyperloop. It’s designed for extreme speed and efficiency. With 5G, data moves at incredibly high rates, allowing for almost instant downloads, uploads, and ultra-smooth streaming. 

However, as with the hyperloop, full 5G service isn’t available in every location (yet). The deployment of 5G infrastructure is an ongoing global project. Currently, most of rural New Zealand has access 4G, with 5G availability just on the horizon. 


When is 5G the best choice? 

5G is a game-changer for mobile internet usage. 


Whether you’re downloading large files or streaming Netflix, 5G is designed to handle it all seamlessly. 


What does 5 Gigahertz mean? 

Let’s lay to rest another common misconception: 5 Gigahertz isn’t a type of internet or a service. It’s a frequency band.  


Think of frequency bands as invisible roads in the air that carry information from your router to your devices and back. Your WiFi router can use different bands, like 2.4 Gigahertz or 5 Gigahertz, much like a highway with multiple lanes. 


5 Gigahertz is like the high-speed lane on the highway, the express lane, if you will. It’s designed to move data between your router and your devices faster. 


However, just as an express lane might not reach your neighbourhood street, the 5 Gigahertz frequency has a shorter range. It’s fantastic when you’re in the same room or nearby, but its signal strength decreases as you move further away. 


When is 5 Gigahertz the best choice? 

Because it’s a less crowded and faster lane, 5 Gigahertz is ideal for high bandwidth activities. If you’re streaming an HD movie or your business is constantly sending files back and forth, you want that data moving fast. 


5 Gigahertz shines when you’re in close proximity to your router. So, whether you’re in the middle of a business presentation or you’re Facetiming with a friend from a cosy corner close to the router, the reliability of 5 Gigahertz ensures your online interactions are seamless and lag-free. 


The importance of understanding the difference 

Internet issues can pop up anytime (usually when it’s most inconvenient), but with a clear understanding of 5G and 5 Gigahertz, you’re better equipped to tackle them head-on.  


For example, if your WiFi signal is weak in the attic, you can now identify that the issue might be the limited range of the 5 GHz frequency. Or, if your mobile internet isn’t as fast as you need it to be, check if 5G coverage is available in your area. You can also manage your devices to use the most suitable option for the best performance. For instance, you might want to use 5 GHz for your laptop and 5G for your smartphone.


By understanding the difference between 5G and 5 GHz, you can be a more informed internet user and make the most of your internet connection. 


PureLink can help you decide 

Whether you’re looking for the fastest possible speeds or the best possible range, we have a solution for you. And because we’re local, we guarantee you’ll get the best possible service. 


Get in touch with our team today to discuss what internet package is right for you.  

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