Faster and more secure Wi-Fi in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10

Windows 10 (Version 2004) supports Wi-Fi 6 and WPA3. Wi-Fi 6 gives you better wireless coverage and performance with added security. WPA3 provides improved Wi-Fi security by using the latest standard.

Wi-Fi 6


To connect to a network that uses Wi-Fi 6 and take advantage of the increased performance and coverage, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A router that supports Wi-Fi 6. To find out if your router supports this, check the documentation that came with it or visit the router manufacturer’s website. If you’re considering buying a new router, look for a Wi-Fi 6 label.
  • Windows 10 (Version 2004) installed on your PC. To check and make sure you have the latest updates for Windows 10, Start  button, then select Settings   > Update & Security  > Windows Update  > Check for updates.
  • A wireless network adapter that supports Wi-Fi 6. To see if your PC supports it, check the documentation that came with it or check the PC manufacturer’s website.
    Tip: You can also check to see if your router supports Wi-Fi 6 by opening the Command Prompt, and then typing the command netsh wlan show drivers. Look next to Radio types supported and see if it includes 802.11ax.

 

To find out if you're connected to a Wi-Fi 6 network

  1. Connect to a Wi-Fi network. Learn how
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network  icon on the right side of the taskbar, then select Properties underneath the Wi-Fi network name.
  3. On the Wi-Fi network screen, under Properties, look at the value next to Protocol. It will say Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) if you’re connected to a Wi-Fi 6 network.

WPA3


To connect to a network that uses WPA3 for security, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A router that supports WPA3. To find out if your router supports this, check the documentation that came with it, or visit the router manufacturer’s website to see if an update is available to support WPA3. You might need to change settings on the router to turn on WPA3.
  • Windows 10 (Version 2004) installed on your PC. To check and make sure you have the latest updates for Windows 10, Start  button, then select Settings   > Update & Security  > Windows Update  > Check for updates.

 

To find out if you’re connected using WPA3 security

  1. Connect to a Wi-Fi network. Learn how
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network  icon on the right side of the taskbar, then select Properties underneath the Wi-Fi network name.
  3. On the Wi-Fi network screen, under Properties, look at the value next to Security type. It will include WPA3 if you’re connected to a network using WPA3 encryption for security.