How to change priority of WiFi networks on your Mac

February 8, 2021 by No Comments

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WiFi connections are the centerpieces of our work lives. So, if I get connected to a wrong, or a slow network, I get annoyed as hell.

A lot of times my router gets reset because of power cuts and surges. And as a result, my Mac reconnected to it on the 2.4GHz channel rather than the 5GHz channel. I would realize this only after working for a few minutes and noticing that all pages are loading at a slower speed.

The solution was simple: just change the priority of the saved WiFi network, so it would connect to the 5GHz channel automatically. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Click on the Apple logo in the menu bar on your Mac, and click on System Preferences.
  • Head to Network settings and click on the Advanced button.
  • You’ll see your WiFi networks listed there. You’ll simply have to drag them in order of connection preferences; the top network gets higher priority.