This article explains how to setup and use multiple wifi networks at home. The method by which multiple wifi networks can be setup using a single router is explained.
The best option would be to get a dual band router. A dual band router, as the name suggests, works on multiple bands. For example, a typical dual band router would support 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz. Check out dual band routers here- Dual band routers – Click here
Each of the radio bands can be configured as a separate wifi network.
Lets take an example where a home wifi network has to be setup where the smart appliances and the home users should need to be segregated.
In this case, two wifi networks with different SSID can be created. Each SSID can be associated with the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz radio. This would setup two wifi networks with a single router.
By having two wifi networks, issues like slow internet performance and bandwidth issues are resolved.
The below screenshot shows a dual band TPLINK wireless router which is configured with two SSID. The 2.4 Ghz radio is configured with the SSID name gkurien and the 5 Ghz radio configured with the SSID name gkurien1.
Where can I buy a dual band router
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Can I create more than two wifi networks
A dual band router would support a maximum of 2 wifi networks. If you need to create more than two wifi networks, then a triband router would be required. Check out triband routers here- Triband routers – Click here
How do I know if my exisiting router is a dual band router
There are two ways to check this. The first way is to google the model number of your router and check the specification document. The second way is to log into the web console of the router and check the number of radios it supports like 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz.
I am planning to buy a mesh router. Do mesh routers support dual band
Almost all the mesh routers in the market today supports dual band. This can be verified by checking the specification document of the model.
Check out our – Home Networking Guide. The ebook explains different case studies and solutions which can be used to setup and configure your home network.