5 Replies Latest reply: May 11, 2009 5:44 AM by KBeat
cmalberto Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
I have 2 networks on with my AE. They basically are the same name with one having 5ghz in the name to be able to tell the difference. I want my MBP to default to this network since all of the other wireless devices use the 2.4 network. However, I have noticed on numerous occasions after change the AE and it resets, my MBP grabs the 2.4 network. I was hoping to find a way to hide from my MBP it but haven't been successful. I have gone into my network prefs and re-order the networks bring the 5ghz to the top and moved the 2.4 to the bottom. I have even deleted but it keeps coming back once the MBP connects to it. It goes back to why it connects.

Any ideas on how to make this happen. Seems it ought to be simple but doesn't seem to be the case.

Thanks for your ideas.


Macbook Pro 2.2 GHz 4GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 3G iPhone 2.2
  • 1. Re: AE - How to default to 5ghz network
    grijspetje Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem on my Time Capsule. I solved this bij simply removing the 2.6 GHz network (the one without the (5 GHz) addition) password in the keychain.

    Hope this helps.

  • 2. Re: AE - How to default to 5ghz network
    francesco_romano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem.
    I thought that 5GHz had more range than 2.4GHz...
    But my MacBook Pro connects always to the 2.4 network.. except if I'm at 30cm from the base...
    I don't understand if this is a problem or it's the "normal" way to work..
  • 3. Re: AE - How to default to 5ghz network
    Free-Dawg Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Open the Airport Utility and select your Time Capsule (or Base Station). Then, click on the "Wireless" Tab. At the bottom of this window, click on the "Wireless Options" button. On the new page, click the "5GHz Network Name" option and give your 5GHz network a separate name. Once completed, restart your base station.

    For the machines you want on the 5GHz network, select them from the "Airport Network Selection icon" at the top of your screen from the menu bar (if you don't have the menu bar icon enabled, you'll have to do this selection via System Preferences in the Network Tab).

    For machines you want on the 2.6GHz network, just select the original network name from the Airport selection icon...
  • 4. Re: AE - How to default to 5ghz network
    francesco_romano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    But... the 5GHz network has less range of the 2.4 ?? Is this normal?

    (in a room I can only see the 2.4 network)
  • 5. Re: AE - How to default to 5ghz network
    KBeat Level 3 Level 3 (790 points)
    Yes, 5 GHz has less range than 2.4. Basically, the higher the frequency, the shorter the range. The main advantage to the 5 GHz is it's a far, far less crowded spectrum than 2.4 so there is little chance of interference from other devices. It can also carry more data so in theory it's faster (I say in theory because in practice there are a lot of other factors that determine how fast your wireless network is) than 2.4. However in terms of range, 2.4 GHz is the winner.