Windows WPA3 diagnosis

Windows 1903 enabled WPA3 at the operating system level. Numerous devices require Windows 2004 to enable WPA3 for the specific computer WiFi hardware. The computer may also need device-specific firmware / software updates to get WPA3 working.

Check WiFi 6 capability

WiFi 6 includes 802.11ax. Check if the WiFi hardware is capable of 802.11ax:

netsh wlan show drivers

look for “802.11ax” under:

Radio types supported : 802.11b 802.11a 802.11g 802.11n 802.11ac 802.11ax

also look under:

Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode: WPA3-Personal

Check WPA3 connection

Determine if the network is WPA3 from a Windows device that works on the network by:

netsh wlan show networks

Look for the SSID of the desired network. It should include 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
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 5
  • Google Pixel 4
  • NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1
  • newer iPads
  • newer iPhones
  • newer Chromebooks