Check which Wi-Fi version your wireless network card supports

Once we are in this menu, we click on the «Network and Internet«, the WiFi network to which we are connected will appear, if it is a private or public network, and even in what frequency bands we are connected. In addition, it will also show us the use of network data.

In this menu we must click on the «Wifi» where it says “Connect, manage known networks, metered network”.

Now we will get different configuration options, what we must do is click on «hardware properties«, since it will allow us to see and manage the properties of the Wi-Fi adapter.

Once we are here, we can see that our computer right now has connected to a network with the Wi-Fi 6 protocol or the 802.11ax standard, however, it is possible that it supports higher standards and our router is simply only compatible with Wi-Fi. Fi 4 or Wi-Fi 5. We must look at the “Description” section where the exact model of the WiFi network card that we have installed in our computer will appear.

In our case, it is the Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210, the name itself already tells us that the highest standard it supports is Wi-Fi 6E, so it is compatible with the new 6GHz band. However, our recommendation is that you go directly to the official website of the network card you have, to find out what wireless standard it supports.

Look at it in Control Panel

Another way to look at this same information is by accessing the “Control Panel” in the option of “Center network and sharing«, in this menu is where we can see all the options and configurations at the network level in the operating system, including the possibility of seeing and configuring the properties of the network cards.

In the main menu of «Network and Sharing Center» we go to the menu on the left, where it says «Change adapter settings«. It is in this section where we can see the different properties of the WiFi wireless network card and also of the rest of the Ethernet network cards that we have in our PC.

In the description of the network card, we can see the name that indicates “Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210”, the exact model is the Intel AX210, and it is compatible with the Wi-Fi 6E standard, as we have mentioned before.

If we go to the WiFi status and click on “Details”, we will see this same information about the WiFi network card. It is another way of getting to the same information.

It is very easy to know what the Wi-Fi standard of our network card is, all we have to do is look for the exact model of the card, and then go to the manufacturer’s official website to check it.

Check the standard on the manufacturer’s website

In our case we have the Intel AX210 card, if we put it in Google it will take us directly to the manufacturer’s website, in this case Intel, and we can see the following information about our wireless network card:

What we should pay attention to is where it says “CERTIFICATE FOR WI-FI”, in this case it supports the Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) standard, however, the cards can also support the different standards (at most):

  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
  • Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)

You must remember that, if it supports the Wi-FI 4 standard, it is likely that it will not support the 5GHz band, however, this information should appear on the official website, where it indicates “supported frequency bands”, to know exactly.

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