How to connect your Epson USB Dongle to a 5 GHz / Wi-Fi AC Network

This quick article will show you how to set your USB Dongle for a a 5 GHz a.k.a WiFi AC network connection.

We will assume that you already have:

  • Powered on your printer and connected the Dongle in the correct rear USB port 
  • Logged into the printer's default access point network named Epson_Printer with password 12345678
  • Logged into EpsonNet settings using the default IP Address and the correct username/password credentials

If you haven't completed any of the mentioned steps or if they don't sound remotely familiar, we recommend taking a look at our main wireless printer setup article to start from the top and then coming back: How to set up your Epson TM-m30ii-NT printer using a USB WiFi Dongle

Alright, so once you are already on the EpsonNet Config website:

  1. Head to Wireless in the left-hand navigation menu
  2. Now locate the first option called Communication Standard
  3. Select 802.11a/n/ac from the drop-down list
  4. Done! You can head back to our main printer setup tutorial with wireless dongles.
  5. Click on the following link to pick up the setup instructions exactly from this point onward: Continue with the setup

Three things to note

  • The SSID of the network (a.k.a your WiFi's name) is usually identical for a 5 GHz network to that of a 2.4 GHz network that is generated by the same router. The key differentiator lies at the end of the name: 5 GHz networks usually end in "5G". E.g:
  • The WiFi password of a 5 GHz network is by default the same as its "sibling" 2.4 GHz network. In our example, BleuBohemeGuests-5G and BleuBohemeGuests will share the same password.
  • The range and signal penetration of 5 GHz networks are weaker than 2.4 GHz networks. This means that even though you can enjoy faster speeds with 5 GHz, you want to put your printer as close as possible to your internet router. The specific distance varies by the physical layout of your restaurant, but aim at reducing obstacles and walls between your router and your printer.