How to Change Between 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi Bands on Windows 10

Zarmeen Shahzad

Internet speeds can sometimes be very problematic and no one wants that. Whether you are a student or a professional, bad internet is bound to spoil your mood. There are different things that you can do, to ensure that you get good internet speeds. One of these things is that you can change Wi-Fi bands on your PC. In this tutorial, I will show you how to change between 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi bands on Windows 10.

Change Between 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WiFi Bands

So, why should you change Wi-Fi bands? If your router has a 5GHz frequency and your computer has the same adapter, you will get a better internet speed. However, sometimes your computer is unable to detect the 5GHz band and you will automatically use the 2.4GHz band. Some computers can use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and you can force it, to use the latter. First, you need to figure out what bands are supported on your PC.

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Check Supported Bands

A 2.4GHz WiFi can cover a large area and can penetrate solid objects and walls. A 5GHz WiFi will give you speeds of about 1 Gbps.

Step-1: Go to the Start menu and type cmd. Click Open.

Change Between 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WiFi Bands
Step-2: Type the following command and click Enter:

netsh wlan show drivers

Change Between 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WiFi Bands

Step-3: Now look for Radio types supported:

  •  802.11g and 802.11n means that your system only supports 2.4GHz
  •  802.11n, 802.11g, and 802.11b means your system only supports 2.4GHz
  •  If multiple bands show up including 802.11a or 802.11ac then it means that your system supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

In the image below, you can see that there is a string of bands including 802.11a and 802.11ac, hence the system supports both bands.

Change Between 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WiFi Bands

Change Between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Bands

  1.  Right-click on the Start menu to display the WinX menu. (Shortcut keys: Win + X)
  2.  Select Device Manager.
    Open Device Manager
  3. Click on Network Adapters to expand the option.
    Network Adapters
  4. Right-click on the WiFi adapter and select Properties.
  5. Click on the Advanced tab.
    Change Between 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WiFi Bands
  6. In the the Property section click on Band or Preferred Band option. The name may vary for you depending on the adapter manufacture.
    Change Between 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WiFi Bands
  7. Now, in the Value section the 5GHz option.
    Change WiFi Bands
  8. Click OK.

This simple method will change the bands and will help improve your internet speeds.

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