How to Connect PS5 to Hotel Wifi?

Carrying your PS5 with you while traveling is a great way to beat back boredom when hanging around a hotel. While hotel WiFi is not high-speed, sometimes you have to make do with what you have access to.

PS5s need you to authenticate any unknown WiFi before it connects, which requires you to go through the settings on your PS5 to set up the connection. To complete the connection process, you will also need to connect to the hotel’s WiFi through your phone. 

Keep reading to learn some easy steps for setting up the WiFi connection on your PS5 and from solutions to different problems you might have when trying to connect. 

How to connect PS5 to hotel WiFi

Here are some easy steps for the authentication process to get your PS5 connected to the hotel’s WiFi.

  1. Go to settings. From your PS5 settings, you can navigate to the Network settings. 
  2. Set up connection. There should be an option under Network Settings labelled “Set Up an Internet Connection” that you should click on.
  3. Select WiFi. Select the WiFi network you want to connect to, and you should have two options, one of which is “How to Authenticate.”
  4. Connect your phone to your PS5. Open your phone and look for the wireless network that your PS5 uses, something like PS5-625, and click on it. It should ask you for a password.
  5. Enter the password. Use the WiFi password and click connect.

You have now used your phone to authenticate the hotel’s WiFi, and your PS5 should connect and be all ready to game or stream.

Why can’t you connect your PS5 to WiFi?

The first thing to check if your PS5 isn’t connecting to the hotel’s WiFi is if the password is correct. If you’re confident you entered the correct password, you can try restarting the console making sure not to put it in Rest Mode.

You may find that it is a DNS error causing problems, in which case you will need to change the DNS settings on your PS5. 

Unfortunately, some connection problems can arise because you aren’t close enough to the router or there are too many people trying to connect t the same time. There is little you can do to fix these problems in hotel WiFi, so you may need to wait and try connecting again later. 

Does the PS5 have its own WiFi?

The PS5 comes with a WiFi 6 network card which supports 2×2 MU-MIMO wireless transfers and Bluetooth. While this means that all PS5s have the capability of connecting to WiFi without any modification, it doesn’t mean that a PS5 can connect to the internet without going through a router. You will still need to connect to a local WiFi connection if you want to access online features. 

How do you change the WiFi frequency of a PS5?

Once you have set up a network connection and the system has finished its scans, there should be an options button you can click on and get a popup menu. The popup menu should have an option called “WiFi frequency bands” that will allow you to change WiFi frequency on your PlayStation 5. 

Is 2.4 GHz fast for gaming? 

Ideally, you will want about 5GHz for high-bandwidth activities like gaming and streaming. 5GHz allows for higher speed and performance and can reduce game lag. 2.4GHz is more suited for low bandwidth activities such as browsing the internet because it has a better range at the cost of performance. 

Is the PS5 2.4 GHz or 5GHz?

The PS5 can support 5GHz, but there is no guarantee that it will automatically connect to 5GHz when it connects. The PS5 will scan for a connection and determine whether it is better to use 2.4GHz or 5GHz, depending on what the WiFi connection can support. 

Can you change your PS5 to 2.4HGz?

PS5s are set to automatic by default so that they will automatically use the best wireless option depending on what network they are connecting to. However, you can force your console to use 2.4GHz by going to the WiFi settings and selecting the “2.4GHz” option. You can do the same for 5GHz if you want the best performance and speed for gaming or streaming. 

Can you use a WPS pin on PS5?

You can use a WPS pin on a PS5, but only if you are connecting to your own router since you will need to press the WPS button on the router to establish a connection. A WPS also requires you to be close to the router to help your PS5 find the connection correctly. It’s an excellent option for connection at home but not for a hotel.

Can you set up PS5 without Internet?

If you find that the hotel WiFi is not connecting correctly or too slow to allow gameplay, you can always use single-player games from a disc since these don’t require an internet connection or patch downloads. 

Can you play downloaded PS5 games offline? 

You can play downloaded PS5 games offline as long as you have set the PS5 console you are using as the main console on your PlayStation account. 

Is PS4 WiFi better than PS5?

PS4s comes with a WiFi 4 network about fifteen times slower than the PS5’s WiFi 6 network. The WiFi 6 network can hit speeds of 9.6 Gbps which is much higher than anything the PS4 can handle. 

Final Thoughts

While your PS5 will not automatically connect to a new WiFi network, it’s easy to authenticate the network through the use of your phone. As long as you can connect to the hotel’s WiFi with a mobile device, you should be able to set up the new WiFi on the PS5. 

However, there are always limitations with hotel WiFi, so don’t be surprised if you can’t connect on the first try and need to try again later or if the connection is slower than what you are used to since there are so many people trying to connect. 

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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