You might have a powerful internet connection but if you’re connected via WiFi, it’s only as powerful as your wireless adapter is. It’s always a good idea to check supported WiFi speed of your wireless adapter, even if you’re currently happy with your connection speed.
This way you can ensure the connection is working as intended and there’s nothing that might slow it down. It also matters if you’re planning to buy a new 802.11ac router for example, which is no good unless the wireless adapter also supports this standard.
How to check supported WiFi speed of your wireless adapter in Windows 10
Luckily, you don’t need to be very tech savvy if you want to check supported WiFi speed of your wireless adapter since you just need to follow the instructions below. Here’s how to do it:
On your Windows 10 computer, open an elevated command prompt. You can do this by right-clicking on the Start button and from the context menu, select “Command Prompt (Admin)”.
Now type the following command:
netsh wlan show drivers
Under “Interface name: Wi-Fi” locate the “Radio types supported” line like in the screenshot below.
Technically, the 802.11b standard offers speeds up to 11 Mbps, the “g” standard can deliver up to 54Mbps and the 802.11 standard is the fastest with speeds up to 300Mbps.
There’s also a second method you can use to check supported WiFi speed of your wireless adapter in Windows 10. Open the Device Manager and take a look at your wireless adapter’s properties. In the “Advanced” tab there should be information regarding supported wireless mode.
However, be aware some devices don’t have these details in there.