The Circle device communicates with your router over the 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi channel or over Ethernet in order to manage your network. But on the vast majority of routers, Circle will still manage devices that connect over another type of connection, like 5Ghz. You don't have to do anything extra. Just pair Circle to your router and you're good to go.
Pairing Your Circle Device
The Circle device pairs wirelessly over the 2.4GHz band with your Wi-Fi through a series of steps:
- When your Circle device turns on initially, it will begin to broadcast its own 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network (or "hotspot").
- After connecting your device to the Circle device hotspot, go back to the Circle app and have the Circle device look for Wi-Fi networks to join.
NOTE: Circle will only find Wi-Fi networks broadcasting on the 2.4GHz band, but can manage 5GHz and Ethernet connections as well once paired.
- Select your Wi-Fi network from the list and enter your password to initiate the pairing process.
What about 5GHz or Ethernet?
Under most circumstances, the Circle device can manage Internet traffic entering the router through the 2.4GHz band, 5GHz band, and wired Ethernet once it's been paired with your network. You don't have to do anything extra to make sure these connections are managed.
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