How to use Wi-Fi 6 with your wireless connection

Alana Grace

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In order to establish a wireless network connection using this standard, you will need a Wi-Fi 6 compatible router and a corresponding Wi-Fi adapter. To check if you have successfully connected to this standard, follow these steps: Right-click on the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom right corner of your taskbar and select “Network and Internet settings”. This will take you to the “Network and Internet” section in the Windows “Settings”.

At the top, you will see the SSID, which is the name of your Wi-Fi network. Next to it, under the “Properties” section, you can determine if it is a private or public network, and on the right side, Windows will display the volume of data transferred in the last 30 days.

No Wi-Fi 6: The driver properties indicate that the new standard is not supported.

Click on “Properties” and scroll down a bit. If you are connected to your router using the new, fast Wi-Fi, you will see the entry “Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)” next to “Protocol”. If Windows displays an older Wi-Fi type, you can check if your computer’s adapter actually supports the current standard.

To do this, use the Command Prompt: Type “cmd” in the search field of the taskbar and click on the “Command Prompt” result. Enter the command netsh WLAN show drivers and press Enter. This will display a longer overview of the installed driver software. Scroll up if necessary and check if “802.11ax” appears next to “Supported PHY Types”.

You can determine which Wi-Fi standard you are currently connected to your router or access point by accessing the “Properties” of your wireless network.

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