Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 26
  1. #11
    Member bk T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Auckland
    Posts
    6,456

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    Received my replacement , Spark Smart Modem - VRV9517UWAC34 this afternoon.

    Just hooked it up and connected OK. but I noticed that only one wifi option is available. Went in to the setup and both the options, 2.4GHz and 5GHz are enabled.
    In my old HG659b, both the 4.2G and 5G are visible and I could choose whichever I preferred to connect to.
    Does it mean that I don't have the option to choose, and it's done automatically ?

  2. #12
    Short Member pcuser42's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Poke-your-nose
    Posts
    10,128

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    Does it mean that I don't have the option to choose, and it's done automatically ?
    Most likely. IMO this is the better way as devices can choose based on their needs at the time.

    An app like Ubiquiti's WiFiman would reveal if this is the case (you don't need any Ubiquiti hardware to use it).
    "He who resorts to personal insults hath lost the argument."

    Twitter

  3. #13
    Member bk T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Auckland
    Posts
    6,456

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    But according to the Quick Start Guide, it should show up both:Click image for larger version. 

Name:	new.jpg 
Views:	18 
Size:	75.4 KB 
ID:	11258


    Maybe, I did something wrong, but I did a reset to wifi defaults, it still doesn't show up.

  4. #14
    VoidMaster
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    6,884

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    What are you using to look for the wifi? Any iphone after iphone 5 will show both, not sure with Android.

    5 Gig is short range, say 3 meters line of sight, so about the size of a large room, 2.4 Gig is longer range say 15 meters, so outside rooms maybe sheds.

    You should be seeing both on a modern phone or laptop, and the device should be able to choose the correct frequency depending on the signal strength, thats what happens at a place I have had some problems with.

    You have to set both up with appropriate passwords.

    Older devices will not have the 5Gig.
    Last edited by zqwerty; 18-01-2022 at 09:11 PM.
    It's not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable. The hundred-times-refuted theory of "free will" owes its persistence to this charm alone; some one is always appearing who feels himself strong enough to refute it - Friedrich Nietzsche

  5. #15
    Member bk T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Auckland
    Posts
    6,456

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    The old HG659b shows both, 2.4GHz and 5GHz on my Android phone. So, that's not a phone issue.

    There's a typo in my post #11 . it should be 2.4GHz, not 4.2GHz

  6. #16
    Old guy
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,109

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    As suggested above by pcuser42 get an app like wifiman and you will be able to see what is going on. Your device will automatically select the best band to connect to without any input from you. As Zqwerty said 5GHz is shorter in range than 2.4GHz.
    Lastly if it is working ok stop worrying about it and just use it.

  7. #17
    Computer Technician wainuitech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Wellington
    Posts
    29,012

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    Its possible the router is transmitting on a channel the phone cant pick up. Got that info from the following site, it also gives some suggestions, different router but same principle. .

    https://community.tp-link.com/en/bus...m/topic/161798

    But as its been suggested, don't worry about it, 5G only has a very short range anyway.

    This from Spark shows how to change channels https://www.spark.co.nz/help/interne...-wifi-channel/
    Last edited by wainuitech; 19-01-2022 at 06:31 AM.

  8. #18
    Senior Member 1101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    7,818

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    Does it mean that I don't have the option to choose, and it's done automatically ?

    It could be both 2.4 & 5.x wifi's have the same SSD's , so they both show as a single one on the phone & the ph will pick the best option

    rename the 5Ghz wifi to something else .

    5 may less penetrating power (ie through walls) , but is faster & sometimes works much better due to less interference .
    5 has PLENTY of range , it has poorer penetration , more likely to be absorbed by walls & obstacles etc .
    Last edited by 1101; 19-01-2022 at 08:04 AM.

  9. #19
    Computer Technician wainuitech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Wellington
    Posts
    29,012

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    5 has PLENTY of range , it has poorer penetration , more likely to be absorbed by walls & obstacles etc .
    That's why I mentioned very short range anyway (same room is OK). Direct line of site with no obstacles its not to bad, BUT how many houses or buildings don't have internal walls of some description -- Answer, not many. Throw in a wall or two and the 5G goes AWOL

  10. #20
    Member bk T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Auckland
    Posts
    6,456

    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    OK... Thank You guys.

Similar Threads

  1. Spark
    By R.M. in forum PressF1
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 06-04-2021, 01:19 PM
  2. Spark partners with netflix : free netflix
    By 1101 in forum PC World Chat
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-03-2017, 11:16 AM
  3. Free Lightbox from Spark!
    By bk T in forum PC World Chat
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: 02-02-2015, 10:56 AM
  4. Spark again.
    By B.M. in forum PC World Chat
    Replies: 44
    Last Post: 19-11-2014, 07:01 PM
  5. If you thought Telecom's free modems
    By Speedy Gonzales in forum PC World Chat
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 02-06-2008, 02:58 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •