1. Ageeb's Avatar
    Is there a way on these phones to select which band is preferred? I was playing around with a dual band radio and my phone would connect to 2.4 by default. If I disabled the 2.4 band, it would jump to 5ghz.

    the SSID is broadcasting both bands.
    05-05-2017 07:32 PM
  2. dpham00's Avatar
    Not that i know of. I name the two bands differently so it is easy to know which band i am on
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    05-05-2017 08:28 PM
  3. Ecm's Avatar
    Not that i know of. I name the two bands differently so it is easy to know which band i am on
    My Orbi mesh system doesn't have different name options for the different bands. So I can't specify that way. My Priv on MM did have a setting to select the preferred band. Odd that the S8's don't.
    05-05-2017 08:34 PM
  4. jeffmd's Avatar
    Use a non **** router? Seriously i always name my bands separate from each other so i know for sure what band i am always on. The software in that thing is junk.
    05-05-2017 09:51 PM
  5. Ageeb's Avatar
    Use a non **** router? Seriously i always name my bands separate from each other so i know for sure what band i am always on. The software in that thing is junk.
    This is enterprise level and designed by choice with 100's of client connections.
    The focus is on the phones limitations or lack of discovery at this point.

    And not that it's necessary to tell you, but the broadcast is via an access point and not a router.
    05-05-2017 11:14 PM
  6. vader4633's Avatar
    There is an option you can select auto reconnect for each WiFi connection on the phone. I use a 2.4 and 5 ghz in my house each with different names. I signed into both with my phone, but have the 5 ghz set to auto reconnect and the 2.4 the auto reconnect is not checked.
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    05-06-2017 07:54 AM
  7. theelite1x87's Avatar
    This is enterprise level and designed by choice with 100's of client connections.
    The focus is on the phones limitations or lack of discovery at this point.

    And not that it's necessary to tell you, but the broadcast is via an access point and not a router.
    I'd be curious of your router model number. It's actually kinda important to separate the names of your 2.4 and 5ghz bands. That way in a home network situation (or even Enterprise...) You know for sure if you're on your high bandwidth stream or not. Even businesses like to keep certain access points on certain bands. Even a cheap 50 dollar 5 year old router I had allows me to name my 2 bands something different.
    05-06-2017 08:02 AM
  8. Ageeb's Avatar
    I'd be curious of your router model number. It's actually kinda important to separate the names of your 2.4 and 5ghz bands. That way in a home network situation (or even Enterprise...) You know for sure if you're on your high bandwidth stream or not. Even businesses like to keep certain access points on certain bands. Even a cheap 50 dollar 5 year old router I had allows me to name my 2 bands something different.
    I believe it's intentional so 1 band doesn't saturate. I'll find out more about the design and pm you.

    Edit:
    I believe my thread is getting side tracked a smidge. I understand I could differentiate the 2 bands with different ssid's and the wap's allow that.

    But, on my s7 active and earlier models I thought I was able to set a preferred band. All I was wondering was is this feature gone or am I missing it?
    Reason being, sitting 10 feet from a wap, with no clients but myself connected, it connected at 2.4. I just found that interesting.

    Thanks for the input guys.
    05-06-2017 10:38 AM
  9. theelite1x87's Avatar
    I work for a large national company and according to our IT guys, having differently named wifi bands is essential for there networking strategies. I mention to him a router not allowing differently named access points for 2.4 and 5ghz. He said such a device is useless in their environment. In either case, is there a reason you have Enterprise level networking equipment? Consumer level stuff will actually have more features more relevant to what you'd use in a home environment. I use a Netgear R7000. Highly recommend that but if you'd buy new I'd recommend it's newer brother, the R7800 v2. That one supports MU-MIMO
    05-06-2017 10:56 AM
  10. Ageeb's Avatar
    I work for a large national company and according to our IT guys, having differently named wifi bands is essential for there networking strategies. I mention to him a router not allowing differently named access points for 2.4 and 5ghz. He said such a device is useless in their environment. In either case, is there a reason you have Enterprise level networking equipment? Consumer level stuff will actually have more features more relevant to what you'd use in a home environment. I use a Netgear R7000. Highly recommend that but if you'd buy new I'd recommend it's newer brother, the R7800 v2. That one supports MU-MIMO
    It's not a consumer environment and left you a pm. Thanks for the advice so far.
    05-06-2017 11:03 AM
  11. PJRed2008's Avatar
    All I was wondering was is this feature gone or am I missing it? Thanks for the input guys.
    Mine connected to 5G out of the box, which I thought odd, but I usually use 2.4 due to the greater range. I have not found a preference setting other than the reconnect toggle noted above.
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    05-06-2017 11:42 AM
  12. Ageeb's Avatar
    Mine connected to 5G out of the box, which I thought odd, but I usually use 2.4 due to the greater range. I have not found a preference setting other than the reconnect toggle noted above.
    Thanks gents! Case closed for now
    05-06-2017 12:20 PM
  13. Almeuit's Avatar
    Personally mine finds my 5ghz network fine. I have a Google Home so my 2.4 and 5 are the same. Once it latches on the router assigns the appropriate band.
    05-06-2017 01:08 PM
  14. JenzDroid's Avatar
    I notice on the 5ghz band that the speed test differs slightly from 2.4 ghz. The 5ghz works better when closer to the router. The 2.4ghz works better with distance.
    07-06-2017 03:14 PM
  15. pankaj981's Avatar
    I notice on the 5ghz band that the speed test differs slightly from 2.4 ghz. The 5ghz works better when closer to the router. The 2.4ghz works better with distance.
    Well that's how its designed to work. On the other hand, by S8, S8 Plus and the S7 Edge all lose connectivity after sometime on the 5G band but not on the 2.4G. In comparison, my wife's iPhone 6S works well on the 5G band. I have an Asus AC1200 router
    07-06-2017 03:25 PM
  16. TylerLV76's Avatar
    Well that's how its designed to work. On the other hand, by S8, S8 Plus and the S7 Edge all lose connectivity after sometime on the 5G band but not on the 2.4G. In comparison, my wife's iPhone 6S works well on the 5G band. I have an Asus AC1200 router
    Got the same router at work and havent lost connection to 5ghz once during a 10 hour day. You shouldnt be dropping connection at all. At home I have the RT66N and no drops there as well.

    A coworker has the S7 edge and his doesnt drop connection either on 5ghz.
    07-06-2017 03:28 PM
  17. mgbosshogg's Avatar
    I have found, apart from greater range, that 2.4GHZ works better with voWifi. I use my phone for around 5 hrs call time a day. Was getting some call drops on 5GHZ.

    Not had any on 2.4GHZ.
    07-06-2017 03:39 PM
  18. pankaj981's Avatar
    You shouldnt be dropping connection at all.
    I have seen it drop only when I leave the phone idle for hours, especially overnight. I may have to check the router settings to see if anything needs to be changed.
    07-06-2017 04:09 PM
  19. TylerLV76's Avatar
    I have seen it drop only when I leave the phone idle for hours, especially overnight. I may have to check the router settings to see if anything needs to be changed.
    I wonder if it purges connections that have been idle to free up ip addresses.
    07-06-2017 04:11 PM
  20. pankaj981's Avatar
    I wonder if it purges connections that have been idle to free up ip addresses.
    It should not, DHCP should be able to handle that. I will be honest, this is a new router and I haven't really messed around with the the settings as much as I should have...I will check it out today and try to mess around.
    07-06-2017 04:44 PM
  21. Almeuit's Avatar
    I have a Google WiFi router so it assigned the correct band (2.4 or 5) depending on the deivce connection and its signal strength. For most of my phones/tablets in the house it uses 5 GHz. 2.4 only kicks in for devices that can't handle 5 GHz (My thermostat/smoke detector/etc.) or if you walk far enough to make the 5GHz network weak it will swap you to 2.4 due to the range.
    07-06-2017 06:49 PM
  22. Haikaz Gevorgyan's Avatar
    My Orbi mesh system doesn't have different name options for the different bands. So I can't specify that way. My Priv on MM did have a setting to select the preferred band. Odd that the S8's don't.
    i have the same problem now with my orbi and s8+ it was worked fine for the 3 mounts and now it only works fine when im connected to the satellite
    i dont know if its the phone or orbi
    07-18-2017 04:02 AM
  23. Ecm's Avatar
    i have the same problem now with my orbi and s8+ it was worked fine for the 3 mounts and now it only works fine when im connected to the satellite
    i dont know if its the phone or orbi
    My situation is slightly different. I have no real connection problem, per se. I just can't specify the 5Ghz band as preferred. Having a device capable of the highest speed, 1Gbps service and being on the 2.5Ghz band most of the time is annoying.

    I did find that when I had Smart Network Switch/Aggressive Switching enabled, my WiFi did seem a bit spotty. Exactly the opposite of what it's meant to achieve. I disabled the Aggressive Switching and things smoothed out.

    If you have Aggressive Switching enabled, perhaps you should disable it and see if there's any difference?

    (I assume you've probably restarted your modem and Orbi?)
    07-18-2017 08:55 AM
  24. gernerttl's Avatar
    Is there a way on these phones to select which band is preferred? I was playing around with a dual band radio and my phone would connect to 2.4 by default. If I disabled the 2.4 band, it would jump to 5ghz.

    the SSID is broadcasting both bands.
    Yes. You have to ensure that the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands have different SSIDs. Then connect to the 5GHz band, it should reconnect automatically afterwards.
    07-22-2017 03:08 AM

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