How to Join a Wi-Fi using WPA3 Security in Windows 11

This post describes steps to connect or join a Wi-Fi network that uses WPA3 for security in Windows 11.

In our previous post, we showed you how to join a Wi-Fi network and also provided you tips on how to verify if your Windows 11 device supports Wi-Fi 6 WLAN.

If you are reading this and using a Windows 11 device that supports Wi-Fi 6, then it’s more likely that the device will also supports WPA3-Personal security mode.

To support the newest WPA3 for security in Windows 11, you will need a Wi-Fi device or router that supports Wi-Fi 6 protocol, and WPA3 security. You can check the documentation that came with the device or visit the router manufacturer’s website to see if an update is available to support WPA3.

Below is how to validate and connect to a Wi-Fi with WPA3 security.

How to check if Wi-Fi supports WPA3 security in Windows 11

As described above, Wi-Fi 6 gives you better wireless coverage and performance with added security. WPA3 provides improved Wi-Fi security by using the latest standard.

Below is check you’re connected to a WLAN with WPA3 security.

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 WPA3 security. You can find that from the manufacture’s website using their support page.

To check that your Windows 11 PC supports WPA3 security, open the Command Prompt.

Run the commands below to view your WLAN adapter capabilities.

netsh wlan show drivers

Look under Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode and see if it includes WPA3-Personal.

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If you don’t see WPA3-Personal in the list, then your PC doesn’t support WPA3 security mode.

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 Security type. It will include WPA3 if you’re connected to a network using WPA3 encryption for security.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to find out if your Windows 11 PC supports WPA3 security mode. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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