5G, 5 Gbps and 5 GHz all sound similar, but they couldn’t be more different. Let’s break it down:
5G – This term is used widely by wireless (cellular) providers like Verizon and T-Mobile. 5G describes the network that carries calls and data from one place to the next. It stands for the “5th Generation” of wireless and mobile connectivity. 5G allows cellular providers to offer internet services that support higher bandwidth and deliver faster speeds with lower latency than traditional wireless networks. The closer you are to the wireless tower, the faster your speeds will be. However, delivering internet wirelessly does have its downsides. Check out our blog on the pros and cons of the various internet technologies.
5 GHz – This term stands for gigahertz and is one of three standard frequencies used to transmit Wi-Fi signals. These are the signals that are sent wirelessly from your router to any connected device, such as a laptop, tablet, Smart TV or speaker. Although 5 GHz provides less coverage than 2.4 GHz, it transmits data at faster speeds. 6 GHz band, introduced with the Wi-Fi 6e, transmits data at the fastest speeds of the three frequencies.
5 Gbps (or 5 Gig) – This refers to internet speed and bandwidth. Gbps stands for “gigabits per second.” It is equivalent to 5,000 Mbps—meaning data is transferred at a rate of 5,000 megabits per second. This is fifty times faster than the standard 100 Mbps internet plans. Higher speeds also mean higher bandwidth, which allows for more internet connected devices. For example, if you have a 5 Gbps plan, you could connect 200 devices that require 25 Mbps! That’s a LOT of smart home devices, laptops, tablets and PCs!
In conclusion, 5G is a network that major cellular companies use; Bloomer does not use this network. Our managed Wi-Fi solution runs on a frequency of 5 GHz (gigahertz). And although we don’t offer 5 Gbps (5 Gig) speeds now, we do offer 1 Gbps and will be offering 2.5 Gbps in select areas in 2023.
Give us a call or stop by our office to see how you can get the area’s best internet and Wi-Fi. Our customer service reps are happy to help!