What is the Difference Between 5G Wifi and 5G Cellular?


We are going to preface this post by saying you are not alone if you thought 5G Wifi and 5G Cellular were synonymous. They have the same name and share similar technology, but they are not the same thing. To break it down simply, “5G Wifi” technically called 5GHz (gigahertz) is a frequency band and 5G cellular refers to the word “generation.”

5GHz Wifi
Wifi has two frequencies, 2.4 GHz and 5GHz. 2.4 GHz is the default for most devices which causes the speed to decline but the availability throughout the house is better. 5GHz delivers faster speeds but does not pass-through walls easily and the range tends to be shorter. If you see 5G on your network just know it’s 5GHz.

5G Cellular
5G in cellular terms is just confusing marketing jargon that stands for the 5th generation of cellular network technology. 5G is designed to offer faster speeds per user and handle more connections per tower.