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Title: Checking if your Windows computer has the 5 GHz network band capability

Article ID: 24582


If your Windows-based computer has an 802.11a or 802.11n wireless network adapter, then it is compatible with a 5 GHz network band.  This article will show you how to check if the wireless adapter of your Windows computer has the 5 GHz network band capability.

Windows 8/8.1
Windows 7/Vista
Windows XP

Windows 8/8.1

IMPORTANT:  The Linksys AE3000 wireless network adapter is used for this example.

Step 1:
Press the Windows  key on your keyboard to access the Start screen.  Type “cmd” until the search result appears under the Apps list.  Select Command Prompt to open the application.

IMPORTANT:  For Windows 8.1 you can right-click the Start  button.  Click Run then enter “cmd” on the field and press [Enter].

NOTE:  For touch-enabled computers, swipe from the right side of the screen to reveal the Charms bar with the system commands.

QUICK TIP:  The Search section will automatically appear once you type in any character from your keyboard.

Step 2:
On the Command Prompt window, enter “netsh wlan show drivers” then press [Enter].

Step 3:
Look for the Radio types supported section.  If it says that the network adapter supports 802.11a or 802.11n network modes, this means that the computer that you are using has the 5 GHz network capability.

In this example, the wireless adapter supports 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n network modes.  This means that the computer has the 5 GHz network band capability.

Windows 7/Vista

NOTE:  A built-in wireless network adapter of a laptop computer is used for this example.

Step 1:
Click the Pearl  button then enter “Device Manager” on the Search programs and files field.  Click the Device Manager link once it appears on the search results.

 

Step 2:
On the Device Manager window, click Network adapters.  Look for the name of your wireless adapter and check if it shows ABGN or AGN

 

In this example, the wireless adapter is Intel(R) Centrino(R) Ultimate-N 6300 AGN.  This means that the computer has the 5 GHz network band capability.

Windows XP

IMPORTANT:  A built-in wireless network adapter of a laptop computer is used for this example.

Step 1:
Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.

Step 2:
On the Control Panel window, double-click the System icon.

Step 3:
On the System Properties dialog box, click Hardware tab then click Device Manager.

 

Step 4:
On the Device Manager window, click Network Adapters.  Look for the name of your wireless adapter and check if it shows ABGN or AGN.

In this example, the wireless adapter is Intel® WiFi Link 5300 AGN.  This means that the computer has the 5 GHz network band capability.

NOTE:  To identify Linksys dual-band routers and devices that support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, click here.  For instructions on checking if your Mac computer is compatible with the 5 GHz frequency, click here.

Do you have a Linksys dual-band wireless router?

Linksys dual-band routers support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks.  You can use both networks simultaneously or use just one (1).  Choosing between the two (2) frequencies will enhance the application you will be using on the wireless network.  To know more about differentiating the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands, click here.

 

 

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