Change channel on wireless through Macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JPyro, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. JPyro macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2014
    I can connect to the wireless at my office but I don't have access to the physical router.

    I am connected to the channel with 2.4GHz. I can see that the same wireless router offers a 5GHz through greater channels (after running a wifi scan in diagnostics).

    Is there any way I can switch to the 5GHz channels through my macbook pro? Terminal command or some utility with an GUI?

    Most answers I have found require you to use Airport Utility, however this router isn't an airport, nor do I have access to it.

    Thanks in advance! ::cool:
  2. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Well you would most likely access it through a web based panel. Enter the router's address into your web browser to begin.

    If the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz networks both have the same SSID (Network Name) then your Mac will auto negotiate the best possible connection. If they are separate names, simply switch to the 5 GHz network.
  3. AndyK macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2008
    Just connect to the SSID (network name) that's associated with the 5ghz band. You'll probably find it has a different password, so you'll need to get it from someone in your office / IT dept.

    Not sure why you'd want to though, unless you have a specific high bandwidth eating reason.

    In an office you're probs on the 2.4ghz band since it has superior range over 5ghz, so they can use less access points to cover the space / floor.

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