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SBG6950AC2: Band Steering Setup

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How do I enable Band Steering on my SBG6950AC2 gateway?
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The SBG6950AC2 has the ability to improve Wi-Fi performance by using Band Steering.  Band Steering technology will detect if a Wi-Fi client has dual-band capabilities and will send the Wi-Fi client to the 5 GHz band if the 2.4 GHz band becomes overcrowded.  (If the 5 GHz band gets crowded, the Band Steering function can also move a 5 GHz client to the 2.4 GHz band.)  When the SBG6950AC2 sends a Wi-Fi client from the 2.4 GHz band to the 5 GHz band, the client may experience a brief Wi-Fi disconnection and reconnection.

NOTE: Band Steering requires that the Network Name (SSID)Wireless Encryption type, and Passphrase (Wireless password) match on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands in order to function.

In some situations the Wi-Fi client may experience disconnects and reconnects depending on the location of the client device in respect to the Wireless AP.  The 2.4 GHz band provides greater distance for the connection while the 5 GHz band provides higher speed in shorter distances for the connection.  As the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands share the same Network Name (SSID), it is recommended to disable Band Steering to reduce the confusion on the Wi-Fi client.  Once Band Steering is disabled it is suggested to rename the Network Name (SSID) of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to unique name to differentiate them.  The Wi-Fi clients will then connect to the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands independently.  The Wi-Fi client will have to manually reconnect to the new SSIDs after disabling the Band Steering option.  

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Enable Band Steering

  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.  Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page will appear.

    NOTE: A security or private risk alert may appear on the web browser advising users to proceed with caution when accessing the Web Manager.  There is no risk in proceeding to the Web Manager. For instructions to by-pass the alert screen, refer to article # 18181 - Alert Message for Web Manager Access.

     
  2. On the Login page, enter admin in the User Name field.
     
  3. Enter password or a customized password in the Password field.

    NOTE: When using the default password to login, it may be required to set a unique password to proceed to the Web Manager.  For assistance with Web Manager Access, refer to article # 18287 – SBG6950AC2: Web Manager Access.

     
  4. Click the Apply button.  The System Basic Setup page will appear.

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  5. On the System Basic Setup page,  click the Wireless 5 GHz link on the top menu.  The Wireless 5 GHz System Basic Setuppage will appear.

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  6. On the side menu, click on Advanced.  The Advanced Settings page will appear.

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  7. On the 5 GHz Advanced Settings page, check the box for Band Steering.  A notification pop-up will appear.

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  8. On the notification pop-up, click on OK
     
  9. Click the Apply button.

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Disable Band Steering
  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.  Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page will appear.

    NOTE: A security or private risk alert may appear on the web browser advising users to proceed with caution when accessing the Web Manager.  There is no risk in proceeding to the Web Manager. For instructions to by-pass the alert screen, refer to article # 18181 - Alert Message for Web Manager Access.

     
  2. On the Login page, enter admin in the User Name field.
     
  3. Enter password or a customized password in the Password field.

    NOTE: When using the default password to login, it may be required to set a unique password to proceed to the Web Manager.  For assistance with Web Manager Access, refer to article # 18287 – SBG6950AC2: Web Manager Access.

     
  4. Click the Apply button.  The System Basic Setup page will appear.

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  5. On the System Basic Setup page,  click the Wireless 5 GHz link on the top menu.  The Wireless 5 GHz System Basic Setuppage will appear.

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  6. On the side menu, click on Advanced.  The Advanced Settings page will appear.

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  7. On the 5 GHz Advanced Settings page, uncheck the box for Band Steering.  A notification pop-up will appear.

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  8. On the notification pop-up, click on OK
     
  9. Click the Apply button.

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