Windows WPA3 diagnosis

Windows 1903 enabled WPA3 at the operating system level, but the devices themselves may need firmware / software updates. Some manufacturers have not provided updated WPA3 drivers. Some relatively modern devices like the Surface Pro 3 are not always able to connect even to WPA3 transitional networks, that do work with most WPA2-only devices. If you find a device cannot connect to a network, it’s possible to tell if the network is WPA3 from a Windows device that does work on the network by:

netsh wlan show networks

Look for the SSID of the desired network and see if it includes a field

Authentication          : WPA3-Personal

Some devices connect to WPA3 by selecting WPA2 if WPA3 menu choice isn’t present.

WPA3 capable devices

Here are a few devices that we have used on WPA3 (or WPA3 transitional) successfully.

  • Microsoft Surface Go
  • Google Pixel 4
  • NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1
  • newer iPads
  • newer iPhones
  • newer Chromebooks

non-WPA3 capable devices

Here are devices we have anecdotally experienced NOT working on WPA3, including WPA3 transitional networks. Please let us know if you have one of these devices working and we’ll recheck.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (Windows 1909)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 1903)