AVM explains band steering

Band steering became a new feature in the WiFi sector with the release of FRITZ!OS 6.80. In the following article we'll explain how you can benefit from band steering.

What is band steering?

Band steering technology takes the idea of dual wireless a step further. Many modern devices like smartphones, tablets and notebooks already support the alternative use of two wireless bands. In this scenario the devices reciprocally support both the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz wireless band and – if needed – can continue data transmission on the band that is less loaded. Especially when switching to the 5-GHz-band, which usually experiences less traffic, the WiFi performance is noticeably improved.

Band steering designates the process in which the FRITZ!Box takes over band management automatically, deciding itself which dual band device uses which band. This way devices are integrated far more efficiently in the wireless network, as apparent in the improved data transmission rate.

What are the differences between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands?

5 GHz 2.4 GHz
Range very good short-range coverage especially good coverage even over greater distances
Data throughput very high high
Free of interference especially robust less robust
Client support only recent wireless devices all wireless devices
Channels avoiding overlapping up to 23 max. 3
Ideal for: media streaming, downloads surfing, email traffic

What prerequisites must be met?

  • The wireless device must be capable of dual band (2.4 and 5 GHz bands must be supported, see documentation of the wireless device).
  • The FRITZ!Box must use the same SSID (name of the radio network) for 2.4 and 5 GHz (this is preconfigured in the factory settings of the FRITZ!Box).
  • The FRITZ!Box must support Wireless AC.
  • The FRITZ!Box must have FRITZ!OS 6.80 or higher installed.

In this guide you can see what else you can do to improve the WiFi performance.