Does Asus Transformer work in Dual Band Wireless N 2.4 & 5 ghzGeneral

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  1. ghodzilla5150

    ghodzilla5150 Well-Known Member

    I have been trying to find this out. If not. That's horrible. There is no mention anywhere

  2. sookster54

    sookster54 Well-Known Member

    There's not very many wireless receivers out there that's capable of 5GHz bands.
  3. mike2089

    mike2089 New Member

    I have been unable to get my Transformer with honeycomb 3.1 to find a 5GHz Wireless N network, It has no problems finding the 2.4 network. I used different SID's for each network so I could tell. So I am assuming that it does not support the 5.0GHz band.
  4. kampfwolf09

    kampfwolf09 Well-Known Member

    quite possible, I'm using 2.4Ghz N with no trouble. I take it your other devices can see the router when its in 5Ghz mode, correct?
  5. 89macrunner

    89macrunner New Member

    No 5ghz reception here.

    5ghz needs more power since the signal degrades so quickly. You won't really find any portable devices that use it.
  6. Neo42

    Neo42 Member

    Wrong. The iPad and most modern netbooks support 5ghz band. As far as I can tell, no support for it on Transformer. In my house it makes a HUGE difference and sadly the iPad is blazing fast w Internet compared to the transformer
  7. kampfwolf09

    kampfwolf09 Well-Known Member

    ^HA! You obviously have no idea about wireless and just thinking bigger numbers are better. 5Ghz does not equal faster speeds troll. For your information, there are many iPad owners who have the same trouble seeing 5GHz networks. Seems to be related power levels because most people run mixed networks, and the antennas are small on most tablets, therefore signal reception is reduced.
  8. Neo42

    Neo42 Member

    Thanks for the laugh, you've got to be kidding, right?? I know plenty about wireless. My iPad 2 and ASUS netbook get a much better connection than the Transformer in my house (where I have networks running in both places). It may be related to congestion on the 2.4ghz band (since tons of consumer devices use it), but either way the 2.4ghz connection suffers and unfortunately, this is the only band the Transformer can see. Pretty big disappointment considering the cost of an extra radio is probably less than a dollar. Basically an epic fail to omit it.
  9. kampfwolf09

    kampfwolf09 Well-Known Member

    I agree it does suck that it does not have 5Ghz support, but in the majority of consumer setups, 5Ghz does not offer an clear advantage and there are still a lot of 2.4 only devices out there. Routers running both bands typically suffer signal power issues. 5Ghz has shorter ranges and the band is not as "empty" as people believe. Majority of cordless phones now operate higher than 2.4. Interference is what it is supposed to help with, but there are many other ways to resolve that other than just going to a higher band.
  10. archercc

    archercc Well-Known Member

    Seriously Neo? Im still on G and not only is my reception rock solid but on wireless the speed tests are pulling 15-18mb down and 8mb up. That is the capacity of my broadband. So the only place it would make a difference is wireless transfer between two devices on the same network. Are you sending tons of large files between a tablet and computer?
  11. mihaelb

    mihaelb Well-Known Member

    Neo, I assume you tried different 2.4 (G band) channels for your setup? I never tried 5ghz on any device before, but for various people that I've set up G band for, I noticed that their buildings are saturated with others using channel 6 (and a few others, but usually 6). simply choose the least-used frequency in the building.

    you can use wifi analyzer (on Market) to see the various networks and which channels they use.
  12. kampfwolf09

    kampfwolf09 Well-Known Member

    I use it all the time to find the best air space when I setup new networks. Another major factor is encryption type. WPA networks cope with interference issues much better than WEP. Unfortunately most router manufacturers do not enable it by default, if they enable any kind of security :rolleyes:.
  13. Neo42

    Neo42 Member

    I have tried different channels and picked the one with the least overlap with surrounding networks. I live in a court and all of my neighbors live very close. It seems like all of them are running at least one wireless network (on 2.4ghz). Aside from that, the city has some sort of AP setup for law enforcement (I think?) within range and behind me are even more homes with wireless networks. However, since my house is relatively small, there is no problem with 5ghz degradation.

    I am running a Linksys dual band router w/ DD-WRT and have tried lots of different configurations on the 2.4 radio. The best connection I can muster is 54mbps (as reported by the Transformer) in either N or G mode. Unless the browser on the Transformer renders crazy slow, the iPad loads pages significantly quicker on my 5ghz N network. Some of this may be related to the router, but I haven't gotten around to trying another one to see if I get any better of a connection.

    Given all of these details, I am left wishing the Transformer had a 5ghz radio.
  14. kampfwolf09

    kampfwolf09 Well-Known Member

    I average between 54 and 108mbps on 2.4 N as reported by my TF too. My router adjusts link speed based on usage. I have my dad's iPad over to test as well. On it I see the checkerboard pattern, while the TF is actually showing me the page. Sure it might still be loading, but thats practical usability. I know there are definitely issues with the stock browser, thats why i use dolphin hd.
  15. matthelm007

    matthelm007 Member

    So, you are saying that when there are 34 different access points trying to use the 2.4GHz band, and none on the 5GHz band, the 2.4GHz band is better and faster. Bands are not only about speed. I'd LOVE to have a slow speed 5GHz connection! It's better than none or intermittent connection!
  16. helpifIcan

    helpifIcan Well-Known Member

    And the answer is NO the the wireless in the TF only supports 2.4.
    Now that may change when the 700 is released, I have not seen anything stating it supports dual band.
    The only value in 5 over 2.4 is the amount of other devices crowding the band, 5 also does not punch through walls as well as 2.54
  17. sysmai

    sysmai New Member

    I know this thread is long dead. There is no 5ghz radio in the prime either. Also the reason that there is little advantage to the 5ghz band is the higher the frequency the faster the attenuation(signal loss). Being that it is all rf signal just like radio stations you will get a cleaner and better quality signal capable of higher bandwidth but you need much more transport adjustment. In this case power to push or another device to repeat or adjust the gain back up to push it back out again. while those low frequencies like cb radios just keep on going many times further with no assistance. Its called a tilt. angle the high up and shoot it out while the low keeps going and when the high falls even with the low you repeat it or tilt it back up and shoot it out again.

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