WiFi networks are essential for the proper functioning of our smart homes. They allow us to provide connectivity to our entire swarm of devices, surf the net, listen to music, access video streaming services, and more.

However, its distribution in all rooms of the house is generally irregular and the speeds obtained are not always as good as expected.

In these cases, we have the option of buying a new access point, a more modern router, a mesh network system, signal amplifiers, etc. We can also gain a few extra megabytes by configuring the network parameters correctly and it is also practical to have activated the function called Band Steering present in the most modern equipment. You do not know what it is ? We explain below what it consists of so that you can take advantage of it.

What is Band Steering and what is it for?

It’s a technology built into routers and wireless access devices that seeks to achieve a clear effect: always connect to the best available band at all times.

In previous articles we have seen how there is not always an optimal band that we can select to obtain the maximum speed and quality of the connection. For this reason, manufacturers have opted in recent years to add compatibility with this function known in English as Band Steering but in Spanish we can also find other names such as “Intelligent WiFi” or “Dynamic WiFi” .

Its operation is apparently simple, since it allows switching automatically and without user intervention between the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands depending on which one offers the best performance at all times, such as which one offers a signal level higher, less interference and with it a more stable connection with more speed.

how can i activate it

The user doesn’t have to do anything complex for it to work, they just need to connect to a generic wireless network provided by the router and it is the network equipment which in turn is responsible for determining which band offers the best coverage and connection capacity. switching between 2.4 and 5 GHz as needed when environmental conditions vary.

Of course, for everything to work properly, this functionality must be activated in the router (the latest models supplied by many operators have it already activated as standard) and of course the mobiles, computers and equipment that we connect must be compatible with this automatic change band.

We can check if it is active in the configuration menu of the main home router, in the wireless networks section. We should see a box similar to the one in the picture with the different wireless interfaces and there should be one that shares a name in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. This is the name of the link with Band Steering to which we must connect our devices.

From the user’s perspective, what we will see in the list of WiFi network identifiers is a unique network name for both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, sharing the same password in both, there is no There will therefore be no need to change it by going from one to the other, the system does it automatically.

When it can be useful

In what situations is this feature useful? Well, there are several cases. For example, when neighbors’ networks and their interference are not constant, but vary throughout the day depending on their work schedules. In these situations there are usually times when the 2.4 GHz network can work very well because it has little interference and others when it is almost impossible to connect to it even near the router due to the saturation that seeps through the walls of the house.

With Band Steering, if the 2.4 GHz network is saturated, it will automatically connect to the 5 GHz network, as long as we are within the coverage radius, and thus we will have the maximum possible speed without having to worry about doing it manually .

It is also very useful for users who connect with a mobile terminal such as a phone, tablet or PC in different rooms of the house, where there will probably be connection quality, saturation and signal level. very different in each band. By activating Band Steering, we can forget about problems, since the devices will be dynamically connected to the network that offers the best performance at all times.

Of course we must bear in mind that if we do not have a device compatible with the function, it does not matter which band we connect to, the change will not happen automatically and even if we connect to this double link, we will always stay in the 2 .4GHz