What WiFi does the third generation Moto G support?

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A point I haven't seen discussed is the Moto G's wifi. Specs say 802.11n, but one review says it's dual-band wifi. I'm confused. I thought a device had to be 802.11ac to manage the 5Ghz band. My 2013 Moto X was one of the first to handle 802.11ac, and I really don't want to give it up (live in a very active 2.4Ghz building). What's the situation?
 

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I struggled for 30mins for establishing Wifi connection when I opened for the first time

It did not detect my Wifi network at all
 

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It is 802.11 b/g/n hence dual band
NO a or ac that means it is only has crappy 2.4ghz. I don't use 2.4ghz for anything no more. I have it turned off on all of my wireless devices. I can't even stream low bit rate music without constant buffering and even my old Epson printer right next to the router show offline after a while which is why I had to get rid of it and get a Canon printer that has a Ethernet port. Every one of my devices is 5ghz and the only way I will buy a signal band device like my printers is if it has a Ethernet port.
 

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According to the specs on Moto's website, it's 2.4 GHz only. Go to Moto G (2015) - Unlocked Android Smartphone - Motorola and click View Full Specifications. Sad because, if true, this is a dealbreaker for me for the same reason as the OP. There are about 80 competing 2.4GHz networks in my building; practically no 5GHz ones.

So, any Moto G users have any evidence that it's actually dual-band? (And NO, just because it's N does not mean that it's dual-band!)
 

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So, any Moto G users have any evidence that it's actually dual-band? (And NO, just because it's N does not mean that it's dual-band!)
I agree. I fell for that N junk years ago when I did not know anything about wireless. Very stupid decision to allow 2.4ghz on N at least they finally got smart and only allowed 5ghz on ac so that means if the device says a or ac then I know it has 5ghz support but if it only shows bgn then it is a not buy as it only has 2.4ghz support.
 

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I have a Moto G 2015 and an Dualband AC 1200 Router ($70 bucks at Walmart). The Moto G only has N and no AC as others noted. It very fast in my home though. No issues and keeps up with my wife's Samsung S4 that has AC. I don't see a noticeable difference. The router is a Netgear AC 1200 R6100 and the signal is dramatically better than the older N300 Netgear router. Having a strong signal is a key factor (2.4ghz goes father than 5 mhz).
 

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Wireless N supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and in theory there is no difference in speed between the two. The practical difference, though, is that in a crowded city apartment building there are about 25 times as many 2.4GHz networks visible, so the interference is crazy. Not many people are running 5GHz, and a 5GHz network is more confined and gets less interference, so running on that band is much better in the city (even if you don't have 802.11ac hardware).
 

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2.4ghz is unusable in my area for anything even printing or streaming low bit rate music. 5ghz or wired is all I can use in my area.
 

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I looked at the spec as suggested and it's 2.4 GHz only. No 5 GHz at all. That's something i'll keep in mind the next time.

To bad too. My old phone downloaded apps and updates much quicker and I was on the hunt as to why. Found out.

Well, it looks like a router upgrade is in order for me. My 2.4 GHz band is only 300 MBps (mega bytes per second). Add the 5 GHz and it would have been 750 MBps. (N router, no AC)

A new router will get me 600 MBps on a 2.4 GHz band. The best I found so far.
Tip: having a valid reason to upgrade goes further.
 

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Sir kindly let me know I also have the same situation. My moto x play is not detecting my wifi network but it detects others. Kindly reply with a positive answer.
 

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Sir kindly let me know I also have the same situation. My moto x play is not detecting my wifi network but it detects others. Kindly reply with a positive answer.

Hello Tarun, welcome to the forums!

Can your phone detect any other network? Is your WiFi network included in your settings - WiFi list? If so, tap on it, select "forget" and try to connect again. Also, make sure in settings - WiFi - advanced - WiFi frequency band that "automatic" is checked.

Sometimes this kind of problems can be solved switching aeroplane mode on & off or rebooting the phone.
 

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