Linksys router is not broadcasting Wi-Fi? Try these methods

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Disappointed that your Linksys router is not broadcasting Wi-Fi, especially when so many dual-band routers support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks? Fortunately, we’ve got the right solutions for you.

In such cases, you can use just one or both networks simultaneously. This further improves performance for networks that stream music or use wireless gaming connectivity, yet this is not always the case.

You should easily select the 2.4 GHz when using your computer to access the Internet for browsing and email. At the same time, the less crowded 5 GHz wireless band has a lower chance of picking up interference. Even more, it also provides a wider wireless spectrum.

The choice should always be yours, with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks at your disposal. To that end, we suggest trying these methods.

What can I do if Linksys router is not broadcasting Wi-Fi?

1. My Linksys router is not broadcasting 5 GHz

1.1 Check that you own a Linksys dual-band router

Linksys dual-band router

Not all Linksys routers have dual-band capability. Make sure yours supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands by taking a look at the official support list.

1.2 Confirm your computer has 5 GHz network band capability

Radio types supported in Command Prompt

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard to access the Start screen.
  2. Type cmd until the search result appears under the Apps list.
  3. Select Command Prompt to open the application.
  4. On touch-enabled computers, you might also swipe from the right side of the screen to reveal the Charms bar with the system commands.
  5. Enter netsh wlan show drivers on the Command Prompt window.
  6. Then, press Enter.
  7. Now, look for the Radio types supported section. If it says that the network adapter supports 802.11a or 802.11n network modes, this means that your computer has 5 GHz network capability indeed.

If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look at this guide.

1.3 Perform a quick reset

reset Linksys router

A reset often solves the issue here described, so press and hold the Reset button, wait for 30 seconds, then unplug the power while still holding the button down.

Just wait for about 30 seconds until restoring power. Then, wait 30 seconds more, and let go of the Reset button.

1.4 Make sure you use a wireless adapter

Wireless Network Adapter list

Remember that you basically need a wireless adapter capable working in both 2.4Ghz and 5GHz range. There are a few choices out there, so don’t give up that easily and check the detailed Wireless Network Adapter list.

2. My Linksys router is not broadcasting 2.4 GHz wireless

2.1 Make sure that firmware is up-to-date

firmware is up-to-date

If the firmware says it’s updated to the latest edition, you may try to re-flash it for further isolation. Some users complain that one of the latest firmware updates diminished their 2.4 GHz performance, so it’s essential to further update for getting the appropriate bug fixes.


Don’t know how to update your Linksys router’s firmware? Check out this detailed guide.


2.2 Reboot your router

reboot your Linksys router

In most cases, you barely have to do anything but to reboot your Linksys router. Check if that’ll make any difference.

2.3 Change the software to DD-WRT

DD-WRT FTP

  1. Visit the DD-WRT FTP to get the latest BS build.
  2. Pick the year and the current build.
  3. Find your router in the list and select it.
  4. Download the factory-to-ddwrt.img.
  5. Login to the router stock firmware and click Connectivity.
  6. Select Manual.
  7. Then, choose the img file you downloaded and click Start.
  8. The router will finally reboot. You can already setup your user/password and configure it.

If rebooting the router works temporarily, then changing the software to DD-WRT corrects the issue. Flashing it voids the warranty, so proceed with caution.

Other Linksys router owners also claim the issue has been resolved after setting the bandwidth to 20mHz instead of Auto or re-entering the network information (SSID/password) manually on their phone.

Let us know which of these solutions worked best for you in the comment section below. Also, leave there any other questions or suggestions that you may have.

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