Windows 11 and 10 support Wi-Fi version 6; however, not all machines yet include Wi-Fi 6 adapter. Wi-Fi 6 gives you better wireless coverage and performance with added security. If you don’t know which version of Wi-Fi your PC uses, this gearupwindows article will help you.
We have appended some information to understand Wi-Fi versions. Here, 802.11, 802.11b, etc., are the IEEE standards, renamed as Wi-Fi versions so that people can understand them easily. The following will help you know which IEEE standard represents which Wi-Fi version:-
- 802.11 – Wi-Fi 0
- 802.11b – Wi-Fi 1
- 802.11a – Wi-Fi 2
- 802.11g – Wi-Fi 3
- 802.11n – Wi-Fi 4
- 802.11ac – Wi-Fi 5
- 802.11ax – Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E
- 802.11be – Wi-Fi 7
The successor of Wi-Fi 5 is Wi-Fi 6, the 6th generation Wi-Fi known as AX Wi-Fi or 802.11ax Wi-Fi. It has several advantages over its older peers. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to ensure that each device connected to the same network can get the higher data rates. If you want to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6, you should know whether your PC supports the Wi-Fi 6 technology or not.
The main principle of the Wi-Fi 6 technology is to reduce network congestion and let users connect more devices to the same network. It uses the MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) technology. By using this technology, a Wi-Fi router can communicate with multiple devices simultaneously.
To connect using Wi-Fi 6 technology, your router/modem and WIndows system both should support Wi-Fi 6. You can refer to the device manual or use the below guidelines to know if your Windows 11/10 PC supports Wi-Fi 6.
How to Check Wi-Fi Version on Windows 11 or 10 using Command Prompt?
To know the Wi-Fi version on your Windows 11 or 10 using Command Prompt, do these steps:-
Step 1. Open Command Prompt.
Step 2. Type the following and hit the
netsh wlan show drivers
Once you complete the above steps, look for the “Radio types supported” in the output. All the supported Wi-Fi versions by your PC will be displayed beside it. You can see in the above screenshot that my laptop supports six versions of Wi-Fi, namely, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a, 802.11ac, and 802.11ax. This means my computer supports Wi-Fi 6 and is backward compatible with Wi-Fi 1. That means, if my router/modem supports any protocol from Wi-Fi 1 to Wi-Fi 6, I can connect to that. However, if my router only supports Wi-Fi 0, my computer can not communicate with my router because my PC does not support that.
How to Check your Windows 11 PC is Connected to which Wi-Fi Protocol?
To know your Windows 11 system is connected to which Wi-Fi protocol, use these steps:-
Step 1. Open Windows 11 Settings.
Step 2. Select
Step 3. On the right side of “Network & internet,” click on
Step 4. Click on Wi-Fi properties.
Step 5. Beside the Protocol field, you can view the Wi-Fi version. For instance, my laptop uses “Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n).”
How to Find your Windows 10 PC is Connected to which Wi-Fi Protocol?
To view your Windows 10 PC is connected to which Wi-Fi protocol, use these steps:-
Step 1. Open Windows 10 Settings.
Step 2. Click on
Step 3. Under “Network & Internet,” select
Step 4. On the Wi-Fi Settings page, click on the
Step 5. In the following screen, beside the “Protocol” field, you can view the Wi-Fi version. For example, my PC is connected to Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n).