How to Enable 5GHz WiFi On Windows 10 – Easy Fixes

Currently, Windows 10 is the latest Operating System that is developed by Microsoft. For its good features and many useful applications, Windows 10 has become one of the best-known system software. Despite many features and various useful applications, you still can stumble upon some problems, where you cannot even activate a certain feature. One such difficulty that you might get is how to enable 5Ghz Wifi on Windows 10. In the section that follows, you will get a reason why you need to enable the 5GHz WiFi.

Reasons On Why You Need To Enable 5Ghz WiFi On Windows 10

The most simple reason to activate 5GHz WiFi on a PC that runs on Windows 10 is to use fast, reliable and good internet connectivity. Basically, 5GHz is the bandwidth signal that has the highest speed for WiFi, and you’ll get improved wifi speeds in comparison to 2.4Ghz bandwidth. Now, in the section below, you will get the steps to enable 5GHz WiFi on the Windows 10 PC.

Easy Guide: How To Enable 5GHz WiFi On Windows 10

In this section of the article, you will get the various steps on how to enable 5GHz Wifi on Windows 10.

Inspect If Your Machine Support 5GHz WiFi

  • First, hit the combination of ‘Windows key + R’ simultaneously. After that, the ‘Run’ dialog box will show up.
  • In the ‘Run’ dialog box, enter a command ‘cmd’ and hit the ‘Enter’ key to open the ‘Command Prompt’ window.
  • Type in ‘netsh wlan show drivers’ and then to execute it, click ‘Enter’ button.
  • From the output, look for a heading ‘Radio types supported’. Under this heading, if there are three network modes- ‘802.11a 802.11g 802.11n’. These three modes allow the computer to support both bandwidths 2.4GHz and 5GHz. If you get these network modes – ‘802.11g 802.11n’ and ‘802.11n 802.11g 802.11b’. Then the computer only supports bandwidth 2.4GHz.

Examine If Your Router Supports 5GHz Bandwidth

In order to see if your router supports 5GHz bandwidth then you are required to do some research from the internet. The easiest way to find the bandwidth of your router is by looking at the package box in which the device came. Now, you are not able to find the information, look at the rear of your router device. Lastly, go to the webpage of your router manufacturer and search for it.

Activate 5GHz Or 802.11n Mode On The WiFi Adapter

  • First, right-click on the ‘Windows Logo’, then from the options list choose ‘Device Manager’
  • In the ‘Device Manager’ window, locate the ‘Network adapters’ category. Then, press the down arrow to expand this category. In this list search for the ‘Wireless adapter’ driver. Now, select it and then right-click on the driver. From the popup options menu, select the ‘Properties’ option.
  • Now from ‘Wireless adapter Properties’, find the tab ‘Advanced’. Under this tab, in the ‘Properties’ heading, search for ‘802.11n Mode’ and then choose it. After that, go to the ‘Value’ heading, there select the value ‘Enabled’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Now, tap the ‘OK’  and reboot the computer and look if you can get to see the 5GHz network.

Using Device Manager Set 5GHz Bandwidth

  • In the ‘Wireless adapter Properties, locate and select the tab ‘Advanced’. Now, in the ‘Property’ heading, search for the ‘Preferred Band’ property and select it. From the drop-down list, under the ‘Value’ heading, choose the option ‘Prefer 5.2GHz band’. Press a button ‘OK’.
  • At last, reboot the machine and look again to see if it can able to detect 5GHz or 5G WiFi Network.

Automatically Update Your WiFi Driver

  • First, press the Windows key and type in device manager. Now, from the search result select the ‘Device Manager’ option.
  • Inside that window, locate the ‘Network adapters’ category, and then expand it. Now, from the expanded list, look for ‘Wireless adapter’ driver. Right-click on the driver and then from the options list select ‘Update Driver Software’ option.
  • In the new window select the first option ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’, in order to start the update process of the driver on its own.
  • After the driver has been updated restart your machine and then see if it can detect the 5GHz network.

Do A Manual Update Of The WiFi Driver

In order to manually update the WiFi driver, you can go to the manufacturer’s website. On that website locate the recent WiFi driver that is compatible with the Operating System.

  • First, from the previous point, follow the first and second step.
  • Now, select the second option that says ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ from the next window.
  • After that, again in the new window, browse and select the folder where the WiFi driver software is installed. When you have found that folder, then hit the ‘Next’ button.
  • Now, follow the on-screen information until the WiFi driver is installed fully.
  • Finally, restart the PC and look if you can enable 5GHz WiFi network on it.

Roll Back The Update Of Your WiFi Driver

  • From the third point, follow the first and second steps.
  • Within the ‘Properties’ window of the ‘Wireless adapter’, find and choose the ‘Driver’ tab. Under this tab choose the ‘Roll Back Driver’ button. After clicking it, follow the on-screen information and roll back the WiFi driver.
  • When it is over, tap ‘OK’ and restart the computer to confirm the change.

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Follow the steps that are mentioned above minutely if you want to know the process of how to enable 5GHz Wifi on Windows 10. If you cannot able to enable or activate the 5GHz WiFi network then mention your query in the comment section below.

Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa