While the solution is trivial, this is still a good question for many Windows users. The answer to the question about how to make the WiFi network card prefer the 5GHz band instead of 2.4GHz is rather obvious. There should be a hardware configuration or other type of configuration to specify this.

The preferred WiFi band is actually an available configurable parameter in the WiFi network card driver properties. The picture below show what has to be selected in order to make the WiFi network card prefer the 5GHz band. It does not mean that it will only connect to the 5GHz band but it means that the WiFi card will prefer the better the 5GHz band when it is available.

As we can see, the answer to the question of how to make my WiFi network card prefer the 5GHz band instead of 2.4GHz is an easy one as long as we know where to find the network card properties and as long as we are allowed to change them.

To access this menu you have to open the network connections window the steps are:

  • right click on the WiFi network icon in your taskbar
  • open network and internet settings, then
  • click on Ethernet
  • right click on the WiFi network card and select properties
  • click on “Configure”
  • click on “Advanced”
  • select “Preferred band”
  • select the 5GHz band

The shorter path is to click on “Start” and type “ncpa.cpl” which will open the network cards window. After this, consider the steps mentioned above in order to configure the WiFi network card to prefer the 5GHz band.