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How to make the PS5 run 5GHz Wi-Fi

How to make the PS5 run 5GHz Wi-Fi

I recently had internet issues with the PlayStation 5. Learn what I had to learn the hard way to get the most out of Wi-Fi on your PS5.

JohnnyChugs

So recently, I was having serious issues with Wi-Fi on my PS5. It was absurd to me. I have good internet in my area (AT&T Fiber) and pay a premium for high speeds because of streaming and other things. So I was shocked to see online games lagging and my internet speed tests only giving me back 40 to 70 MBs per second. Then I learned something interesting. Though the PS5 can run 5GHz Wi-Fi, capable of high speeds, it may default to poorer settings. If you want to get the most out of a Wi-Fi connection, I'm here to tell you how to do it so you don't have to learn the hard way like I did.

How to run 5GHz Wi-Fi on PS5

The PlayStation 5 is capable of operating on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and 5GHz Wi-Fi band frequencies. The issue is that it doesn't necessarily default the best connection. Instead, for me, it defaulted to 2.4 which is more common, but also weaker. In order to get your PS5 to utilize 5GHz Wi-Fi, you have to change the settings yourself.

It should go without saying, but you should also make sure your internet router/modem is capable of 5GHz. If that's settled, here's what you do:

  1. Go to your Network icon on the bottom bar or go to your Settings icon in the top right of the main menu and select Network Settings from there.
  2. Find your Wi-Fi network. Select it and it will prompt you to disconnect from it. Do so.
  3. Once disconnected, press the Options button on your Wi-Fi network to bring up a sub menu.
  4. At the bottom of the list you should find Wi-Fi Frequency Bands. By default, it will be on Automatic (which in my case made it choose to use 2.4GHz for some reason).
  5. Access that option and manually set the Wi-Fi Frequency Band to 5GHz.

If your modem is capable of 5GHz, then you should find your Wi-Fi performs exponentially better on your PS5. For me, speed tests shot back around 50MB/s on average on the Automatic setting, which must've run on 2.4GHz. Once I switched it to 5GHz, it shot back test results of 270 to 300 MB/s, which is more aligned with what I pay for.

That's all. Given the frustration I had to deal with in thinking my internet was failing me, I hope this little guide will help you avoid the issues I had. I don't know why the PS5 would default to a weaker frequency, but if your internet is good, once you set it to 5GHz, you should be golden. Happy playing!

From The Chatty
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    May 19, 2022 4:13 PM

    PS5 can run 5GHz Wi-Fi but doesn't default to it - Here's how to set it up

    Read more: How to make the PS5 to run 5GHz Wi-Fi

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      May 19, 2022 5:51 PM

      Informative!

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      May 19, 2022 7:05 PM

      nice

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      May 19, 2022 7:07 PM

      yeah, this totally would've come in handy when i was setting up the PS5 again and trying to transfer from the PS4 :D it kept defaulting to 2.4GHz and saying the transfer was going to take hours instead of minutes, haha

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        May 19, 2022 8:06 PM

        Dang, now I’m going back through all the times I thought my internet was broken only to realize it was probably just the PS5’s defaults screwing things up without me even knowing it. Transfer sucked for me too.

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      May 19, 2022 9:22 PM

      And it still sucks. There's now a cable snaking along to the machine.

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      May 19, 2022 10:21 PM

      Networking advice from someone who gets mbps mixed up with MBps grinds my gears.

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        May 19, 2022 11:00 PM

        Guy tries to be helpful and you thought this turd of a reply was worth hitting post on huh

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          May 19, 2022 11:10 PM

          Fair. I somehow missed that it was cortex so thought it was a random forum post somewhere else rather than one of our own. It's a pretty small thing to mix up anyway, which is why I used the phrase.

          It was a good gesture.

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            May 20, 2022 8:23 AM

            You're right, I didn't realize mbps and MBps are considered two different things. I was kind of scattershot with my terminology here, writing it out at one point and doing MB/s at another. Either way, I just hope it helps folks out that have to run PS5 through Wi-Fi like I currently do.

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              May 20, 2022 8:37 AM

              Eh, it's a super small thing that happens a lot. It also didn't really detract from the advice you were giving. I wrote it as a small aside since I didn't put together that you were the author, and I never intended to correct you. I was just complaining.

              Thanks for the contribution. I'm sorry I was having a "darn kids always on my lawn" moment.

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                May 20, 2022 8:51 AM

                No prob. Not much offense taken and I learned a little something I didn't know. :D

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      May 19, 2022 10:48 PM

      So glad I have a gig switch in my entertainment center.

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      May 19, 2022 11:14 PM

      Haha I was excited but then I realized mine is hard wired. lol

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      May 20, 2022 4:15 AM

      My router has separate names for 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz.

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        May 20, 2022 8:45 AM

        Mine does, but I didn't realize it until I was setting up a router for my friends over here and saw you could separate the channels. Since my Nighthawk supports that, it's one of the first things I'm gonna do when I get home in a few weeks.

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        May 20, 2022 8:50 AM

        That's one way to force 5ghz, but it doesn't help if the connection needs the longer distance that 2.4ghz offers. That's why I use a single SSID for both so it can dynamically switch between the two bands.

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          May 20, 2022 8:54 AM

          Sure, and to that end, I felt this guide is important because my modem broadcasts the two bands too. It's the PS5 where the issue lays because its default "automatic" settings don't seem go for the better frequency even if its available. You have to manually adjust the PS5's network settings to do so.

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      May 20, 2022 8:47 AM

      FWIW I hard wired my ps5 with Ethernet and download speeds improved by like 3x

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        May 20, 2022 8:56 AM

        I absolutely would hardwire if I could and usually do. We re-arranged our appartment though and now to be able to wire to my modem, I'd have to get the company to come out and adjust our active ports for the modem. One of those things I should probably go ahead and do and just haven't yet.

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      May 20, 2022 9:15 AM

      This thread seems to have a lot of PS5 owners, so... where are folks finding them these days? I gave up on Nowinstock ages ago, and Costco doesn't even have the item in their system anymore (that's how I got my XSX). I never even hear about Best Buy, Amazon, Gamestop, etc. coming in stock - did Sony just give up?

      Is it pretty much eBay or nothing now?

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        May 20, 2022 9:18 AM

        I got mine from Antonline.com Follow their Tiwtter and enable notifications from them.

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        May 20, 2022 9:20 AM

        I would argue that the best way to go about finding one is still to go direct through Sony's website. They have an option to sign up and be on a waitlist to buy and will email you when your turn comes up. Even if it takes a while, I found it was the most stress-free way to go about it. https://www.playstation.com/en-us/ps5/register-to-buy/

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          May 20, 2022 9:22 AM

          Yeah, I did that as soon as it was publicly announced, I think... and nothing yet. Thanks though!

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        May 20, 2022 9:49 AM

        I got mine from Amazon. Was in a discord and saw the notification right away. Just got lucky. I was waiting for Costco to have them. Ameer's discord

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        May 20, 2022 9:59 AM

        walmart+
        antonline

        use a discord channel that notifies you, but if you use walmart+ it wont be nearly as bad

        prepare for the drop, then cop

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        May 20, 2022 10:13 AM

        I got mine from Walmart last year. My sister managed to via the iphone app.

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      May 20, 2022 9:28 AM

      Create two SSIDs. One 5ghz and one 2.4ghz. Problem
      Solved for all devices.

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      May 20, 2022 11:31 AM

      Things I like to keep handy:
      - a dumb switch
      - a really long ethernet cable

      My PS5 is currently hardwired (modem -> Nest WiFi router -> switch -> PS5), so I haven't experienced the joys of PS5 wireless.

      I'm definitely going to implement a similar router switch setup with my other consoles (my other mesh point is also a router). As long as the mesh can deliver the speeds. I'm basing this off of the assumption that the wireless interfaces on consoles are hot garbage.

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