How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?

How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
2019-09-08 12:22:01

I recently got an Archer T6E 1300AC and I'm having trouble connecting to my 5GHz network. My router is providing 2.4GHz as well as 5Ghz access. When I disable 2.4GHz, the card connects to the 5GHz network just fine, I'm struggling however to force it to use 5GHz when both 2.4GHz and 5GHz are enable (I cannot permanently disabel 2.4GHz as there are other devices relying on it). I'm using Win 10 64-bit Version 10.0.18362 Build 18362.

 

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Re:How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
2019-09-09 07:49:12

@djookz 

 

As you know, the Archer T6E supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz both; 

 

If you want to force T6E connect to the 5GHz only, there are 2 options.

1. You can change the wireless mode as 802.11ac only when you go to advanced page of the network adapter.

2. You can use different SSID for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz; just connect the computer to the 5GHz with the password only, and then it won't connect to the 2.4GHz without the password.

 

May it help and have a nice day. 

 

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Re:How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
2019-09-24 09:08:51

@Kevin_Z 

Just Google "T6E Windows 10 5ghz" and you will see that this card has a serious issue with finding/connecting to 5Ghz band.

In the network adapter advanced settings you will not even find the option to select ac.

Time for TP-Link to publish an updated driver. Or refund.

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Re:How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
2019-09-25 05:57:12

@Superior3000 

 

Hello, if the T6E cannot detect the 5GHz of the main router, first, you can try to change the wireless channel, like channel 36, 40 or 44. 

 

Besides, there is a public driver released by the chipset manufacturer for Windows 10 64bit, you can give it a go. Download link as below:

http://support.tp-link.com/f/55bcecfe49/?dl=1

 

How to install it manually: https://www.tp-link.com/support/faq/920/

 

May it help and have a good day. 

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Re:How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
2019-09-25 07:38:11

@Kevin_Z 

I am using the latest driver I can find: Broadcom BCM4352 v7.35.336.0 driver (dated 7 dec 2015), found somewhere on Microsoft Windows Catalog web page. Probably the same as you are referring to. Still, no option in the network adapter driver advanced settings to select 'Preferred Band' and put it on 5Ghz...

 

And about your suggestion on the router settings:

And I have the Deco M9 Plus router. From TP-Link. This router gives NO option to select the channel manually. Also, it does not have an option to create a separate SSID name for 5Ghz.

 

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Re:How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
2019-09-27 09:01:01

@Superior3000 

 

Can this Archer T6E detect the 5GHz from the Deco? You can tryto disable 2.4GHz and disable fast roamming to give it a go.

 

The Archer T6E does not have this feature available to select preferred band; we need connect to the 5GHz manually to acheive it.

 

Considering you have the Deco M9 plus, the main network has the same wifi name, to ensure the adapter will connect to the 5GHz, you can enable guest network-5GHz as a workd around for now.

 

May it help and have a good day. 

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Re:How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
2019-09-27 09:06:57

@Kevin_Z 

I appreciate your workarounds. But they remain workaraounds unfortunately.

I need both bands (some 2,4GHz only devices such as IP cams) to be on the main network and access other network sources/devices.

Switching on/off Fast roaming doesn't help.

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Re:How to force Archer T6E 1300AC to prefer 5GHz over 2.4GHz?
2019-10-07 19:44:34 - last edited 2019-10-07 19:47:38

@Kevin_Z  or anyone else:

Any other suggestions?

Please note: Currently not one of the suggested drivers have the option to select 5GHZ as 'preferred band'.

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