How To Enable 5G On Your Laptop

18th March 2022
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Many new laptops have 5G capabilities. This means that they can access the high speed, newest generation network.

Using your 5G on your laptop can you give you a far more reliable connection, particularly if you’re Wi-Fi is spotty or disrupted. It is up to 1000x faster than previous generations in some areas. Your workers can also benefit from:

Lower Latency
  • More data for their apps
  • Lower latency
  • Larger network capacity
  • Increased availability

But how can staff enable 5G on their laptops.

5G Requirements

Not all devices are capable of offering 5G. Even if your staff use 5G laptops, this is no guarantee that you’ll be able to have employees use 5G.

To ensure all workers can gain the benefits of 5G for your business they require:

  • A new 5G compatible device
  • A network provider who offers 5G
  • A data package with that provider that allows for 5G

Enabling 5G on PC

To check if your device has 5G capabilities head to your device manager settings and look under network providers. Look for ABGN or AGN. If these show, then it is likely to have 5G.

Enabling 5G on your laptop is quite simple. If you provider offers 5G then there are usually two settings on your router. One for 2.4GHz (which works better over distance) and 5G which works better at close range to the router.

The former can pass through walls more easily.

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You should check if your router has the dual modes before enabling 5G on your laptop.

In Device Manager select Properties, then Advanced. If your laptop supports 5G then you should see it there in the list of options.  

Hardsoft can offer a range of high quality 5G laptops for lease, including the Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G, the Lenovo X1 Hybrid, or the Lenovo X1 Carbon. All these devices have outstanding performance thanks to their high-quality hardware and software. Lenovo and Samsung are some of the most popular brands for high-end business laptops and 5G will boost their performance even further.

So, why would you want 5G if 2.4GHz works better over longer distances?

The premier level of 5G, with the phenomenal speeds and data, works best over a shorter distance. Therefore, if you’ve enabled 5G on your router, your devices will work on 5G optimally if they are in the same room.

However, 5G uses a greater range of radio frequencies than 4G. The result is that there are actually various levels of 5G with some being more effective than others. The fastest 5G only works over short distances.

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Despite its shorter range, 5G can definitely be worth it. With more towers being built, distance is becoming less of an issue. The increased speed, data and capacity offered by 5G could:

  • Significantly increase productivity in offices
  • Provide more reliable connectivity
  • Equalise the quality of work between on-site and in-field staff

Enabling 5G on iPad

In addition to many new PC laptops gaining 5G capabilities, Apple is adding 5G to their new iPads. An update in the latest IOS will allow users to manually switch to 5G on their iPads if they have an iPad Pro 12.9 inch (5th Gen), or an iPad Pro 11 inch (3rd Gen) or an iPad Mini (6th Gen).

Simply head to your Settings then click Mobile Data. You will be able to select Auto 5G, 5G On or LTE. The latter is switching 5G off for everything, the middle option keeps it on permanently and the former adapts to provide the best experience based on your battery life and usage.