Current Blazing Hog customers know that we specialize in 4G wireless internet in rural areas. They also know that 5G wireless internet is now starting to make it into homes. Strangely enough, a lot of people confuse 5G internet with 5G wi-fi. This post will clear up that confusion.

You may have a 5G-capable router in your home. That doesn’t mean you have access to 5G internet. Your router operates on wi-fi signals while a 5G wireless modem operates on cellular signals. Two different things. You should also know that it is possible to access 4G wireless internet using a combination modem/router with 5G wi-fi capabilities.

Have we confused you? If so, here is a basic explanation:

5G Wi-Fi and Routers

A router designated as a 5G device can send and receive signals on two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. For the record, ‘GHz’ stands for ‘gigahertz’, which is essentially a frequency. It is the frequency of modulation as the signals travel through the air.

A 2.4GHz router only has that lower band available. A 5G router has both the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. This is a great setup because it allows you to assign different wireless devices to different bands depending on their needs. Streaming devices that require speed and bandwidth can be assigned to the 5G band while things like desktop and laptop computers can be assigned to the lower band.

5G Internet Access

When it comes to internet access and cell phone networks, the 5G designation has nothing to do with frequency or bandwidth. The ‘G’ merely stands for ‘generation’. So 5G cellular technology is the fifth generation of that technology. That’s all it means. However, 5G cellular is drastically different from its predecessor, 4G.

Our rural internet access is based on 4G technology. This technology has been the industry standard for quite some time. It works very well, offering exceptionally good download speeds and access virtually anywhere. 5G takes cellular to the next level. However, it is not suitable for rural internet access – at least not right now.

In a 4G set up, cell towers are spaced miles apart. Signals are sent out in all directions. This creates a virtual signal net as a single cell tower broadcasts signals to multiple towers in other places. By contrast, the substantial difference with 5G is that it is highly directional.

Shorter Distances, More Antennas

The 5G system has been designed to increase speed and reliability by reducing the distance signals have to travel and by making those signals directional. So in a typical 5G set up, one transmitter sends a signal to one receiver. Receiver and transmitter are only separated by a relatively short distance.

Shorter distances, more antennas, and the directional nature of 5G cellular makes the system much quicker. It is ideal for cities and suburbia because there are plenty of locations for transmitters, receivers, and antennas. Network operators also have easy access to power sources. It is not so simple in rural areas.

Making 5G work as a rural internet option is more difficult simply because there are fewer places to mount transmitters and receivers. There are too many trees, hills, and other obstacles more than capable of blocking signals. Needless to say, the 5G system doesn’t rely on extremely tall towers, like 4G does.

Now you know the difference between 5G wi-fi and the internet. 5G internet still has plenty of room for maturity. In the meantime, Blazing Hog will continue offering high-speed 4G rural internet to our customers. If you are interested in learning more about it, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Published On: July 22nd, 2022 / Categories: Internet Speed / Tags: , /