WiFi 5 offers excellent speed when it comes to Internet network connectivity. The problem is when wirelessly connecting with multiple devices in one network, you end up with a decreased data speed. Now comes WiFi 6 with its promise of faster speed rates, more security, and better bandwidth for multiple devices. You can enjoy a higher network speed even if you have several devices connecting to the same network.
WiFi 6 has a greater network capacity than Wi-Fi 5. It offers more stability and diminishes wireless network congestion. WiFi 6 is also known as 802.11ax or the AX WiFi. It integrates the MU-MIMO technology, which stands for multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output technology. That means your WiFi network can connect with various devices at the same time.
Users will get up to 11 GBPS speed with reduced power consumption. You also get an expanded WiFi band of 160 MHz and 80% range improvements. In order for you to enjoy all these new standards and features, make sure your computer is compatible and ready for the new WiFi generation.
How to Know & Tell if a Windows 10 or 11 Laptop PC Supports WiFi 6?
To connect and use the WiFi 6 technology, your Windows 10 or 11 computer and wireless router must have compatibility support for Wi-Fi 6. It is not enough that you have a computer that is WiFi 6-ready. Your Internet router and Windows PC system must be compatible too. In addition, Windows 11 also supports WiFi 6, so it helps if you upgrade your Windows OS.
Here’s how to tell if your device supports Wi-Fi 6.
Method #1 – Check Wi-Fi 6 Compatibility via Network Settings
- Launch the Settings menu on your computer. You can use the Search option or press the Windows key + I simultaneously.
- Select Network and Internet.
- Choose WiFi on the left side.
- Select Hardware Properties.
- Go to Properties and look for the WiFi Protocol. You will see if it is WiFi 6 ready.
Method #2 – Verify WiFi 6 Compatibility via Command Prompt
- Click the Start menu and go to the Search box.
- Enter cmd.
- On the search results, select Command Prompt.
- Enter the following commands: netsh wlan show drivers.
- Once you see the results, look for the Radio types supported option. If it shows 802.11ax, your computer supports WiFi 6.
Method #3 – Check WiFi 6 Compatibility via Device Manager
- Launch the Device Manager on your computer. You can use the Search box to find Device Manager.
- Navigate to Network Adapters and click the drop-down arrow.
- Right-click on your network adapter.
- Select Properties.
- Head over to the Advanced tab.
- Go to the Property section.
- Check if you see 802.11ax. If yes, it supports WiFi 6.
How to Check if Router is WiFi 6 Compatible
It may be hard to determine if a public router supports WiFi 6 unless you try to connect to it. However, if you have a router at home, you can check its documents if it is already compatible with WiFi 6. If you cannot find such information on paper, you can visit their website or contact customer support for help.
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