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Connecting a Linksys Wireless-AC adapter to the 5 GHz wireless network of your Linksys Dual-Band or Tri-Band Wireless-AC router

The Linksys Dual-Band and Tri-Band Wireless-AC routers support two (2) types of frequencies which are the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz radio bands.  The less crowded 5 GHz wireless band offers significantly improved performance over the more common 2.4 GHz wireless band for video streaming or gaming.  By connecting to the 5 GHz wireless band of your router, you can maximize the full potential of your Linksys Wireless-AC adapter and benefit from higher data rates.  This article will guide you on how to connect to the 5 GHz wireless band of your router.
 
Before you begin make sure you have the following:
  • Make sure you have the latest driver installed on your Linksys Wireless-AC adapter
  • Wireless network name (SSID) – the name of your wireless network
  • Wireless security type – the mode and encryption used by the router
  • Network security key or passphrase – the password used to connect wirelessly
Once the above items are checked, you can now start connecting to the wireless network.  Select the operating system applicable to you:

 Windows® 10
Windows® 8.1
Windows® 7


Windows® 10 

The following steps are ONLY applicable to the Linksys Wireless-AC adapters that support Windows 10.

IMPORTANT:  If your computer or laptop has a built-in adapter, you need to DISABLE it before using the Linksys Wireless-AC adapter.  For instructions on how to disable the wireless adapter of your Windows computer, click
here.

Step 1:
On your system tray, click on the Wireless User-added image icon and select your 5 GHz wireless network name.

QUICK TIP:  Press the Windows User-added image key + D to reveal the Desktop.
 
User-added image
 
Step 2:
Click on the Connect button.

 
If you wish to connect to the network automatically upon start-up, check Connect automatically.
 
User-added image
 
Step 3:
Enter your network security key or passphrase then click Next.  Your wireless password is case-sensitive.
 
User-added image

Step 4:
You will be asked if you want to enable network discovery between the devices in your network.  It is recommended to select Yes if you are setting up a home or work network. 
 
User-added image
 
NOTE:  The wireless icon on the system tray will change to User-added image, indicating it is now connected to your network with Internet.  If there is no Internet connection, the icon displayed will be User-added image.
 
Windows® 8.1

The following steps are ONLY applicable to the Linksys Wireless-AC adapters that support Windows 8.1.

IMPORTANT:  If your computer or laptop has a built-in adapter, you need to DISABLE it before using the Linksys Wireless-AC adapter.  For instructions on how to disable the wireless adapter of your Windows computer, click here.

Step 1:
Press the Windows User-added image key + D on your keyboard to show the Desktop.
 
Step 2:
Click on the Wireless User-added image icon on the system tray.  The list of available wireless networks will be displayed.

Step 3:
Select your 5 GHz network name from the list and click Connect.

 
QUICK TIP:  If you wish to connect to the network automatically upon start-up, check Connect automatically.

Step 4:
Enter your network security key or passphrase and click Next.

 
Step 5:
You will be asked if you want to enable sharing between the devices in your network.  If you are setting up a home network, select Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices.

 
When the computer has been successfully connected to the wireless network, it will display the Wireless Connection User-added image icon.

Windows® 7

The following steps are ONLY applicable to the Linksys Wireless-AC adapters that support Windows 7.

 
IMPORTANT:  If your computer or laptop has a built-in adapter, you need to DISABLE it before using the Linksys Wireless-AC adapter.  For instructions on how to disable the wireless adapter of your Windows computer, click here.

Step 1:
Click on the Wireless User-added image icon.

Step 2:
Select your 5 GHz wireless network name from the list and click Connect.

Step 3:
On the Connect to a Network window, enter your network security key or passphrase and click OK.
 
 User-added image

When the computer has been successfully connected to the wireless network, it will display the Wireless Connection User-added image icon.
 

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