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Question on 2.4ghz only device workaround and band steering

I have read the workaround for setting up 2.4ghz only devices, seems pretty straightforward: walk far away to the fringes of your wifi, forget connection on your phone, reconnect (should reconnect on 2.4ghz), walk back and use phone to setup devices that only use 2.4ghz. Then, when you are close proximity, forget connection on your phone, reconnect (should reconnect on 5 ghz).

A few questions:

What happens when you are NOT doing this stuff, and you are just walking to the fringe of your wifi (I guess phone connection switches to 2.4ghz), and you walk back in proximity when 5ghz is possible? Does your phone auto-connect to 5ghz? I believe that is what band steering does, but not positive.

If it does, it seems that the above 2.4ghz workaround would not work unless you turned off band steering. Because if band steering is on, and if the 2.4ghz only device is in proximity of the 5ghz signal, wouldn't the phone get nudged to the better 5ghz automatically (and probably before you can finish the setup on your 2.4ghz only device)? Does that make any sense or am I way off? Thanks.

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  • Your assumption is likely correct. I would point out though that you don't need to "forget connection" on your phone. Just turn off wifi for a few seconds and turn it back on.

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