You are not alone if you thought 5G Wi-Fi and 5G Cellular were synonymous. They have the same name and share similar technology, but they are not the same thing. To break it down simply, “5G Wi-Fi” is technically called 5 GHz (gigahertz) and is a frequency band. 5G cellular is the 5th generation of cellular technology.
5 GHz Wi-Fi
Consumer Wi-Fi has two frequencies, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The default for most devices is 2.4 GHz. This frequency has better penetration through materials but is slower than 5 GHz. 5 GHz delivers faster speeds but does not pass through walls easily and the range tends to be shorter. If you see 5G on your network just know it’s 5 GHz. Swidget Devices use only 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks.
5G in cellular terms is just confusing marketing jargon that stands for the 5th generation of cellular network technology. 5G is designed to offer faster speeds per user and handle more connections per tower. 5G cellular Inserts are currently in development and are expected to be available in late 2023.