How to connect to 5GHz WiFi on Windows 10

If you are using a WiFi connection on your PC which is running on Windows 10, you would have the 2.4GHz WiFi connection by default.

However, you should know that every WiFi network allows you to either have a 2.4GHz WiFi connection or a 5GHz WiFi connection.

Now, the reason why we mentioned that everyone has a 2.4GHz connection set by default is because of its advantages.

While the 5GHz WiFi connection will give you much better speeds compared to the 2.4GHz WiFi connection, you will literally have to sit next to your wireless router in order to get those speeds.

On the other hand, you sacrifice some speed on the 2.4GHz WiFi connection but it has a much wider range which means you can use it from far away as well.

Therefore, most people set up their WiFi with a 2.4GHz frequency because most of us prefer to have range over speed.

But there are few people who don’t require range but they need better speeds. For those, we have written this article to let them know how to connect to 5GHz WiFi on Windows 10.

How to check if your PC supports 5GHz WiFi on Windows 10?

While we are all set to enable 5GHz WiFi on Windows 10, we first need to check whether our PC or Laptop even supports that connection or not.

Because it is found that the older PCs running even on Windows 10 do not support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi connection due to older hardware.

To check if your PC supports a 5GHz connection or not, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Open Command Prompt on your PC by going to the Start menu and searching for “cmd”.
  • Inside Command Prompt, type this command: netsh wlan show drivers.
  • Press Enter and you will see a string of commands in front of you.
  • Inside these commands, you need to go to the Radio Types Supported: section.

Here is how the output looks on my PC:

windows 10 radio types supported
windows 10 radio types supported
  • Note that if your PC shows 802.11ac and 802.11g as supported radio types then it means both 5GHz and 2.4GHz WiFi networks respectively are supported.
  • If the radio types 802.11b or even 802.11n are not present then it means 5GHz is not supported on your PC.
  • As you can see from the screenshot above, most of the radio types such as 802.11ac, 802.11g and even 802.11n are supported on my PC which means both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi connections are supported at my end.

Now that we have found out whether or not 5GHz WiFi connection is supported on our PC, we can move forward.

How to connect to 5GHz WiFi on Windows 10

connecting 5GHz WiFi on windows 10
How to connect to 5GHz WiFi on Windows 10

Now, we need to enable 5GHz WiFi on our PC and connect to it.

  • So for that, we need to go to Device Manager which can be found by searching for “device manager” in the Start Menu.
  • After that, go to Network Adapters inside Device Manager and go to Wireless adapter. In my case, the wireless network adapter was named as Intel Dual-band Wireless AC.
  • Basically, anything which has wireless in it will be the wireless adapter of your PC.
  • Now, right-click on that wireless adapter and go to its Properties.
  • Inside Properties, go to Advanced and you will see the option to either enable 2.4GHz WiFi connection or 5GHz WiFi connection or even dual-band which means both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi connection will be enabled at the same time.
  • Click OK once 5GHz WiFi is enabled and reboot your PC for changes to take effect.
  • Now, you will see a 5GHz WiFi connection enabled for your same WiFi connection which can be indicated by the WiFi name followed by 5G.

That’s it. You are now successfully able to connect 5GHz WiFi connection on Windows 10 following this method.

With this same method, you can also switch to 5GHz WiFi on Windows 10 because the default will be 2.4GHz WiFi.

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