Smart Connect Rules? RT-AX86U

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tallytr

Senior Member
We have 2 iPhones and they mostly connect to the 2.4Ghz band although they have a signal strength of ~59dBm, shouldn't they steer to the 5GHz band?
They do steer eventually but only if they are closer to the router than I think should be the case...
RT-AX86U
What do I change to make them prefer, "steer sooner" to the 5GHz band?
I can't figure this out.

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bbunge

Very Senior Member
You are using the same SSID for 2.4 and 5 GHZ? If not you should use the Dual Band SmartConnect. And don't worry if your devices choose one band over another. If they are connecting and maintaining a connection it is a good thing! Yes, you can force a device to another band (WIFI MAC Filter) but for my network leaving the settings at default has proven to be best.
 

Treadler

Very Senior Member
We have 2 iPhones and they mostly connect to the 2.4Ghz band although they have a signal strength of ~59dBm, shouldn't they steer to the 5GHz band?
They do steer eventually but only if they are closer to the router than I think should be the case...
RT-AX86U
What do I change to make them prefer, "steer sooner" to the 5GHz band?
I can't figure this out.

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I changed the 2.4 ‘-62’ to be ‘-70’. (For both steering, & sta.)

That seems to have reduced the enthusiasm of the iPhones to jump onto the 2.4 band.:)
 

zackattack784

Occasional Visitor
Do you notice this when you come home? If so, what’s happening is the phone sees the 2.4ghz band first since it has further range and connects to it. We have iPhones in our house and they pretty quickly hop over to the 5GHz band once we get inside. Occasionally it may take them a minute or 2 to make the jump but they always do 100% of the time. If that’s what’s happening in your case I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If the internet works everybody should be happy.
 

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