Please explain dual-band WiFi router. Will this use up data faster? What are the advantages?

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I have just started using Roku. I feel it is using up data faster because it is hd. Will dual-band WiFi router be a better option, or does it uses data just as fast? Please explain how this works.
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Hi Judith, your WiFi will not usually affect how you use data*, but here's a guide to help you use less data on your roku:

Basically the steps are:
  1. Press Home button 5 times.
  2. Press Rewind (<<) 3 times.
  3. Press Forward (>>) 2 times.
You can then select the speed you want to use.

For DVD quality (480p), you can use 1 - 1.5 Mbps. This will use ~1/3 of the bandwidth HD uses, so you should be able to watch 3 times the content.

If you have your Roku connected through HDMI, it upscales image quality to 1080p, so you probably won't even notice the difference.

Let me know what you think!


* A slow WiFi link will affect your max speed. If your WiFi link is 1Mbps, the max speed you will have is 1Mbps, so Roku or other apps may select a lower quality, which could save you data. However, if your WiFi is close to your Roku, this should not affect it. 
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A dual band router can operate on 2 different bands simultaneously, 2.4GHZ ad 5GHZ. Each band has its advantages and disadvantages. Throughput is determined by the Max bit-rate on each band that the modem can handle. The 2.4 band is more reliable and has better range but is not optimized for streaming. The 5G band has less range but can be optimized. And theoretically can handle faster data. Once again the limit is in the throughput of each band of the modem. For instance my router is a 600n router where the 2.4G is limited to 300 mbit the rest of the bandwidth is allocated to the 5G band, in my case 300 mbit max. Throughput is also dependent on signal strength so get the modem as close possible to the receiver and also make sure the receiver can handle the modem throughput and band. 
If you are streaming from the internet on Exede, I suggest you select 480p resolution. Most of the time that is a good compromise between data and picture quality.

I don't suggest using the 5G band unless you are a heavy gamer or streaming  multiple files to multiple places at the same time. Also you should know that a resolution of 480p, 720p, or 1080p only specifies the vertical resolution and not the horizontal resolution. The assumed horizontal resolutions in a 16:9 aspect ratio screen is 853 bits, 1280 bits, and 1920 bits per line respectively.
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What is the best Router to use on exede.?
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Most routers work well. I have a Linksys (Cisco) many like Netgear. Really just decide what you are willing to pay, read the packages, make sure it will support the number of device and range you need in your home, and get the one that's best for your home that fits your budget.