How to Change Preferred Band for Wireless Network Adapter in Windows  

    How to Change Preferred Band for Wireless Network Adapter in Windows

    How to Change Preferred Band for Wireless Network Adapter in Windows

    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    10 Feb 2021
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Change Preferred Band for Wireless Network Adapter in Windows


    Wi-Fi can run on two different bands of radio frequency: 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz.

    In an environment with other radiating devices nearby (such as microwave ovens, cordless telephones, access points, or client devices), in order to reduce interference, you may prefer the 5GHz band over the 2.4GHz band, or the reverse.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to change the preferred band (5 GHz or 2.4 GHz) to use by default for a wireless network adapter in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    Not all wireless network adapters will have a preferred band type setting available.




    Here's How:

    1 Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

    2 Expand open Network adapters in Device Manager, and double click/tap on your wireless network adapter (ex: "Intel(R) Wireless-AC 9560 160MHz"). (see screenshot below)

    How to Change Preferred Band for Wireless Network Adapter in Windows-wireless_network_adapter_preferred_band-1.png

    3 Click/tap on the Advanced tab in properties, click/tap on the Preferred Band property, select the 1. No Preference (default), 2. Prefer 2.4GHz band, or 3. Prefer 5GHz band value you want in the drop menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    How to Change Preferred Band for Wireless Network Adapter in Windows-wireless_network_adapter_preferred_band-2.png

    4 You may temporarily lose your wireless connection briefly while your preferred band changes are applied.

    5 You can now close Device Manager if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 7,964
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #1

    See How to Configure Dual Band WiFi
    Is there a way of using the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously if you have a dual band Wi-Fi adapter?
      My Computers


  2. Posts : 15,581
    Windows10
       #2

    Steve C said:
    See How to Configure Dual Band WiFi
    Is there a way of using the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously if you have a dual band Wi-Fi adapter?
    No.
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 69,999
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Steve C said:
    See How to Configure Dual Band WiFi
    Is there a way of using the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously if you have a dual band Wi-Fi adapter?
    I'm afraid not. It will always only use the one with the strongest signal and fastest speed by default.
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 15,581
    Windows10
       #4

    Brink said:
    I'm afraid not. It will always only use the one with the strongest signal and fastest speed by default.
    Strongest signal and fastest speed are not necessarily coincident.

    My laptop is more limited on lan speed with 2.4 GHZ than 5 GHZ but is a stronger signal at a distance.
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 7,964
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #5

    cereberus said:
    Strongest signal and fastest speed are not necessarily coincident.

    My laptop is more limited on lan speed with 2.4 GHZ than 5 GHZ but is a stronger signal at a distance.
    Agreed. I can see many overlapping signals in the 2.4GHz band and get a poor download speed in that situation causing me sometimes to shift the frequency to a less congested one. I expect to use the 5GHz band for the new router which is not congested where I live.
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  6. Posts : 69,999
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Here's a good reference for AutoSwitch behavior:

    The autoSwitch parameter controls the roaming behavior of an auto-connected Wi-Fi network when a more preferred connect automatically Wi-Fi network is in range. If autoSwitch is turned on, it allows Windows to continue looking for other connect automatically Wi-Fi networks while connected to the current Wi-Fi network. If a higher priority connect automatically Wi-Fi network than the currently connected Wi-Fi network comes in range, Windows will automatically switch and connect to it instead.

    Turn On or Off AutoSwitch for Wi-Fi Network in Windows 11 Tutorial | Windows 11 Forum

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/wi...rofile-element
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