2.4ghz items on 5ghz system workaround

I have several 2.4ghz items that I can no longer use after changing isp. I only have 5ghz available for the next year or two. Is there a work-around for me to use these items? Light bulbs, thermostat, cams, plug in, etc? A “back door”? I hear this is becoming a common issue with all manufacturers not just wyze. Do you have 5ghz light bulbs? Can you offer a link to read about this?
***EDIT: I was wrong. After deleting each item one at a time I could then add my 2.4ghz cams, outlet, light bulbs, etc stuff. I only had one light bulb that was older than others and I couldn’t get it to work. Regardless I am thrilled that the cable installer was wrong when I asked about dual band issues!
Again, I apologize for posting an issue I was able to solve. Spectrum/Charter installer of my 1ghz modem/router was mistaken and I blindly believed. I should know better to investigate more before crying wolf. Thank you all very much!

Curious about how that is possible. Who is limiting you to 5 GHz? A landlord?

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Assuming this IS true…you can always add another router as an access point with just a 2.4gHz network/ssid.


Yes, I too would like to hear why you can’t run 2.4 GHz devices? If you believe to be limited by your hardware, please post a minimalistic note of what your ISP is and what model router they issued you. You need not reveal any network info.


Absolutely spot on the money with this suggestion. I play around with different stuff, that I do not need. I just bought a Orbi RBR 750 and an eero 6 simply to mess with its settings. I have a secondary/backup ISP and its own router. Simply used each router’s app and added both to the backup network. Simple and could add devices to each. Wyze devices among many others, don’t care what WiFi named network you have them on to manage them, - provided you have permissions to the devices via your (i.e. Wyze) app, and devices are online at the network. In other words, the devices could be on your two networks in Maine and Florida, as long as they were in your account/app.

Pickup another router, a node you an use as a router ethernet connected to your new ISP’s router. Ideally, since you are concerned about your new 5 GHz, band, you might want to study up possible routers and pick up that allows you to separate 2.4 and 5 so you could turn off the 5 and used only the 2.4 GHz band of the router.


Just a note. If your WiFi router really only supports 5 GHz, you can add a separate 2.4 GHz access point. Pointing out that you want to add an access point, not another router (unless you totally disable all router functions.

No problem at all. It was a curious puzzle. Glad you are up and running.

Hey @Sam_Bam, now that the OP solved his puzzle, can I pick your brain with the above? Pardon my ignorance, do you have both ISP’s running at the same time or when one goes down you manually turn on the other one?

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@habib, Hi habib, Both. Pleased to have the opportunity to explain. Spectrum comes in via cable. Starlink is mounted on the corner of the roof and I fed its cable in, through the attic and down to the second floor. I then attached its own WiFi 5 router, and took that feed through the wall down to the first floor to my 'lab" lol . This is also where the Spectrum’s cable modem is - the general area.

I have two main networks. My main mesh currently is a TP-Link 6e XE75, as I recall. That has 140 devices connected to it. The other a Google Nest WiFi 6e mesh has only a couple of devices connected to it. Its under-used. I generally only connect to it’s Google routers when Spectrum goes down. (Which is too frequent).

The Starlink feeds into this little box. And one side goes to a Google Nest WiFi 6e main. The other side goes to a second box like this.

These two carrier signal’s ethernet feed into the second A/B box. There I can swap/switch between Spectrum 95+% of the time, or Starlink ~5% of the time. Gosh I love this simple little box. Its A/B for RJ45 and it uses all 4 pair. That’s the key.

So, push a button and jump (with a wee-bit of delay), or a IP refresh, between Specturm or Starlink, as either can feed into the TP-Link mesh main.

There’s two TP-Link nodes, and three Google Nest nodes. There’s one place I need a node to feed a 8 port switch for ethernet going to Solaredge inverters and Tesla Gateway. So, that’s why the TP-Link and Google nodes are necessary and where they are.

The A/B allows me to switch between the two ISPs. But the Google allows me to connect a TV or laptop to the Starlink just for sh** and giggles. If necessary, I can bring the TP-Link down, and rename the Google to the other SSID and power it back up. For everything to reconnect. Tested it.

I live where hurricanes are common. One is going to take out the grid for weeks one of these days, so I am ready to sit back and watch. That’s the point of all this, and there’s no one that questions my motive or effort.

The Google net nodes running 3+ feet away from the TP-Link is no more an interference than my two neighbors’s WiFi on either side of me.

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Thanks for explaining :+1:

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Wow! Impressive. You and @carverofchoice are ready for Armageddon with the fortress you built. Guess I need to get Starlink since I live with Hurricanes, as well. I believe I have my power dealt with but SL would be nice.

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I’ve had Starlink now about 20 months. Mine is “off the beaten path”, so not in a well used footprint. Its been 90 meg for most of a year. But recently jumped to 180-190. Which is good. My Starlink cost me twice what my Spectrum Internet cost me, and Spectrum is 300+ and moving up for same money to 500 soon. But the point is backup. Not primary.

Starlink just started shipping their “Mini” dish. 11.4"x9.2" Inches. Barely the size of a sheet of paper.

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These are awesome pieces of kit. I bought myself a similar ABCD switch years ago for my office when I needed to be able to switch ISP feeds or just turn off data completely:


:+1: for the simple things.

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This why I don’t want to commit to Starlink, they keep on changing their mind🤣

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Changing their mind? Please explain? Its an expanding universe for them. They had already released their 3rd gen of the main dish. this Mini is for RVs, and hikers and people mobile.

No contract. You can pause your service any time. It reliable now that there are 6,000+ satellites in orbit. And that’s about 25% of what the target count is. All this while Amazon is still cooking.

Starlink just offered a good deal. If you already have Starlink service, you can add the Starlink Mini service for $30 a month. Stationary is $120 a month and Roaming is $150. So, people can park their roaming (same dish), pickup the Mini (1/4 the size of regular) change the Roaming to stationary and the price to $120, then add the Mini for $30 and have two services. (Be creative, put both on the same account, and “family member” could be using the Mini for a fraction, and split the bill). Not that I would do such a thing.

I am new to Starlink. The pricing I need help with.

There is an install $599 to buy and then what?
I don’t need roaming. So $120 a month?

I live in the city and would only need this in a hurricane or an apocalypse.

Thanks for any clarification.

That is exactly what I meant when I said changing their mind. They keep changing the upfront pricing and also caping the service to 1G.

Ouch! I didn’t realize the cap. Even my hotspot has 5G for the included $50 a month, probably not available accessible during after a hurricane. Last time I drove 5 miles to get a signal.

I realize I do not need or require SL. I am retired. I stream more than 1G a day, which is also not required.

The last outage I encountered was in 2007. The local central office had more than a week of power and I had back-up power. I even found a new job during the outage.

Now with a generator at home and at gas stations, I find I am not a viable candidate for SL.

@habib thanks for reminding me about the cap.

You are quite welcome. I was ready to get SL and when I found out about the cap, I changed my mind. I work remote most of the time on a heavy graphics files using TeamViewer. I’d probably go through the cap in less than a week.

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I consider you to be a candidate since you work remotely, but the cap invalidates that as a solution.