Connect a computer to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi network
Some routers and laptops support 5GHz Wi-Fi as well as the usual 2.4GHz.
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In a short distance, 5GHz usually means a faster and better quality Internet connection. Here’s how to find out if your laptop supports this frequency.
Most routers are dual-band models.
This means that they work with 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. While 2.4GHz is even more reliable at longer ranges, and passes through walls and floors, 5GHz can offer much higher speeds.
Does my router work with 5GHz?
Unless you are already sure that your router is a dual-band model and supports the 5GHz band, then we recommend that you check it out. There is no point in enabling 5GHz Wi-Fi on your laptop if your router does not support it.
The easiest way is to consult the manual or connect to the router, and then check the settings available in the Wi-Fi section. Note that some routers have the same SSID (network name) for 2.4 and 5GHz.
Therefore, it is a good idea to divide them into two separate Wi-Fi networks if such an option is available. This way you can easily identify each network from your PC, but also from your phone or tablet, and know which one you are connected to.
How do I know if my laptop can use the 5GHz Wi-Fi band?
The best way to find out is to open the Control Panel, go to Devices and Printers → Device Manager, and then find the make and model of your computer’s Wi-Fi in the Network Cards section.
This laptop, for example, is equipped with a Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 adapter. The online search for this make and model gives many results for its specifications. These show that it only works at 2.4GHz.
If your network card is 802.11a compliant, then it will most likely be 5GHz compliant. The same is true for 802.11ac.
You can also return to the previous path and then click on the Advanced tab. You will see a list of properties, one of which should read 5GHz.
If you don’t see an option to enable or disable 5 GHz, it’s because your network card is not compatible or because the wrong drivers have been installed.
Enable 5GHz on a laptop
If you really want to use 5GHz because you have too many 2.4GHz networks, then get a Wi-Fi USB stick. These dongles are cheap, from 6 to 30 euros, and allow you to update your PC without even having to open it.
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