How to Check if PC Supports Wi-Fi 6 in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to verify if their PC supports WiFi 6 in Windows 11.

Windows 11 supports Wi-Fi 6 and WPA3. Wi-Fi 6 gives you better wireless coverage and performance with added security. WPA3 provides improved Wi-Fi security by using the latest standard.

IEEE 802.11ax is the official Wi-Fi 6 (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and Wi-Fi 6E (6 GHz) standard for wireless local-area networks (WLANs) and the successor of 802.11ac.

Most newer devices will support WiFi 6 today. However, not all PCs are Wi-Fi 6 capable, and the steps below can be used to determine if your Windows 11 supports it.

How to find out if Windows 11 supports WiFi 6

As mentioned above, not all devices support Wi-Fi 6. If your Windows devices don’t have WLAN adapters that are capable of connecting to Wi-Fi 6 only routers, you may not be able to connect.

Below is how to check if Windows supports Wi-Fi 6.

First, make sure you have the latest version of Windows 11 installed. To do that, select the Start button, then select Settings >Windows Update > Check for updates.

Read the post below to also learn how to update Windows 11

How to update Windows 11

Also check to see if your wireless network adapter supports Wi-Fi 6. You can find that from the manufacture’s website using their support page.

To check that your Windows 11 PC supports Wi-Fi 6, open the Command Prompt.

Run the commands below to view your WLAN adapter capabilities.

netsh wlan show drivers

Look next to Radio types supported and see if it includes 802.11ax.

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If you don’t see 802.11ax in the list, then your PC doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6.

Alternatively, you can find out if you’re connected to a Wi-Fi 6 network simply by looking at the network properties.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network. Learn how to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Select the Wi-Fi network icon on the right side of the taskbar or go to Start > Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi, then select Manage Wi-Fi connections (>) on the Wi-Fi quick setting.

windows 11 manage known networks

For the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to, select Properties next to the Wi-Fi network name. On the Wi-Fi network screen, look at the value next to Protocol. It will say Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) if you’re connected to a Wi-Fi 6 network.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to find out if your Windows 11 PC supports Wi-Fi 6. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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