Change the Intel Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings to Improve Slow Performance and Intermittent Connections

Change the Intel Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings to Improve Slow Performance and Intermittent Connections



Intel provides advanced Wi-Fi adapter settings in their drivers that may be used to maximize wireless performance. These settings may vary between Intel models based on the capabilities of their different Wi-Fi cards.

This article provides a general explanation of each setting and how to access these advanced settings in Windows to help prevent slow performance and intermittent connection.

Notes:
  1. For information on finding which wireless adapter is installed in your computer, refer to Dell Knowledge Base Article, Which Wireless Networking Adapter is Installed in Your Dell Computer.
  2. Any time the wireless driver is updated, these settings need to be checked and changed as needed.

Table of Contents:

  1. Intel Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings Options
  2. Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows 10
  3. Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows 8(8.1)
  4. Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows 7
  5. Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows Vista
  6. Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows XP

1. Intel Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings Options

The following options may be available in the Intel Advanced Wi-Fi Settings Menu, depending on the type of wireless adapter, driver version, or operating system installed:

  • 802.11a/b/g Wireless Mode or Wireless Mode
  • 802.11n/ac Wireless Mode or HT Mode
  • 802.11n mode (for legacy 11n adapters only)
  • Channel width or 802.11n Channel width(band 2.4/5GHz)
  • Ad-hoc channel 802.11 b/g
  • Ad-hoc power management
  • Ad-hoc QoS mode
  • ARP offloading for WoWLAN
  • Bluetooth® AMP
  • Fat channel intolerant
  • GTK rekeying for WoWLAN
  • MIMO power save mode
  • Mixed mode protection
  • NS offloading for WoWLAN
  • Packet Coalescing
  • Preferred band
  • Roaming aggressiveness
  • Sleep on WoWLAN disconnect
  • Throughput Booster
  • Transmit power
  • U-APSD support
  • Wake on magic packet
  • Wake on pattern match

For more detailed information on each of the options above, please visit the Intel article on Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings (English only). External Link

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Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows 10

  1. In the Search box, type Device Manager.

  2. Touch or click Device Manager (Control Panel).

  3. In the Device Manager window, touch or click the arrow sign next to Network Adapters.

  4. Double-tap or double-click the Intel WiFI, Intel PRO, Wireless or Centrino listing.

  5. Touch or click the Advanced tab.
    Note: Depending on the Wireless Adapter installed, not all of these options may be available.

  6. In the Property: box, touch or click 802.11n Channel Width for 2.4GHz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  7. In the Property: box, touch or click 802.11n Channel Width for 5.2Ghz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  8. In the Property: box, touch or click 802.11n Mode and select Enabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  9. In the Property: box, touch or click Fat Channel Intolerant and select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  10. In the Property: box, touch or click Roaming Aggressiveness and select 1. Lowest from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: This setting is suggested for home wireless networks. When you are on a business network and move from place to place, the setting should be set to 3. Medium.

  11. In the Property: box, touch or click Intel® Throughput Enhancement or Throughput Booster and select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: When you only have one device on the wireless network or are streaming video you may want to turn this feature on, but the adapter with this feature turned on does not allow other computers on your network to have equal access to the wireless network.

  12. In the Property: box, touch or click Transmit Power and select 5. Highest from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  13. In the Property: box, touch or click Wireless Mode and select the highest number available from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  14. Touch or click the Power Management tab.

  15. Make sure the check box to the left of Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power, is unchecked.

  16. Click OK.
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Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows 8(8.1)

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen or move the cursor to the upper right corner of the screen and move the cursor down until the Charms Bar appears.

  2. Touch or click Search.

  3. In the Search box, type Device Manager.

  4. Touch or click, Device Manager.

  5. In the Device Manager window, touch or click the arrow next to Network Adapters.

  6. Double-tap or double-click the Intel WiFI, Wireless or Centrino icon.

  7. Touch or click the Advanced tab.
    Note: The Wireless networking adapter in your computer may not have every option shown below, change the ones available.

  8. In the Property: box, touch or click 802.11n Channel Width for 2.4GHz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  9. In the Property: box, touch or click 802.11n Channel Width for 5.2Ghz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  10. In the Property: box, touch or click 802.11n Mode and select Enabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  11. In the Property: box, touch or click Fat Channel Intolerant and select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  12. In the Property: box, touch or click Roaming Aggressiveness and select 1. Lowest from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: This setting is suggested for home wireless networks. When you are on a business network and move from place to place, the setting should be set to 3. Medium.

  13. In the Property: box, touch or click Intel® Throughput Enhancement or Throughput Booster and select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: When you only have one device on the wireless network or are streaming video you may want to turn this feature on, but the adapter with this feature turned on does not allow other computers on your network to have equal access to the wireless network.

  14. In the Property: box, touch or click Transmit Power and select 5. Highest from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  15. In the Property: box, touch or click Wireless Mode and select the highest number available from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  16. Click OK.
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Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows 7

  1. Click Start.

  2. Right-click Computer and then click Properties.

  3. Click Device Manager in the upper left corner.
    (If you are prompted to continue by the User Account Control, click Continue).

  4. In the Device Manager window, click the arrow next to Network Adapters.

  5. Double-click the Intel WiFI, Wireless or Centrino icon.

  6. Click the Advanced tab.
    Note: The Wireless networking adapter in your computer may not have every option shown below, change the ones available.

  7. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Channel Width for 2.4GHz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  8. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Channel Width for 5.2Ghz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  9. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Mode and select Enabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  10. In the Property: box, click Fat Channel Intolerant and select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  11. In the Property: box, click Roaming Aggressiveness and select 1. Lowest from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: This setting is suggested for home wireless networks. When you are on a business network and move from place to place, the setting should be set to 3. Medium.

  12. In the Property: box, click Intel® Throughput Enhancement or Throughput Booster and select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: When you only have one device on the wireless network or are streaming video you may want to turn this feature on, but the adapter with this feature turned on does not allow other computers on your network to have equal access to the wireless network.

  13. In the Property: box, click Transmit Power and select 5. Highest from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  14. In the Property: box, click Wireless Mode and select the highest number available from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  15. Click OK.
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Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows Vista

  1. Click Start.

  2. Right-click Computer and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Hardware tab.

  4. Click Device Manager in the upper left corner.
    (If you are prompted to continue by the User Account Control, click Continue).

  5. In the Device Manager window, click the next to Network Adapters.

  6. Double-click the Intel WiFI Link or PRO/Wireless icon.

  7. Click the Advanced tab.
    Note: The Wireless networking adapter in your computer may not have every option shown below, change the ones available.

  8. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Channel Width for 2.4GHz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  9. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Channel Width for 5.2Ghz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  10. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Mode and select Enabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  11. In the Property: box, click Fat Channel Intolerant and select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  12. In the Property: box, click Roaming Aggressiveness and select 1. Lowest from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: This setting is suggested for home wireless networks. When you are on a business network and move from place to place, the setting should be set to 3. Medium.

  13. In the Property: box, click Transmit Power and select 5. Highest from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  14. In the Property: box, click Wireless Mode and select the option with the highest number available from the drop-down menu (typically at the bottom).

  15. Click OK.
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Changing the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings in Windows XP

  1. Click Start.

  2. Right-click Computer and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Hardware tab.

  4. Click Device Manager in the upper left corner.
    (If you are prompted to continue by the User Account Control, click Continue).

  5. In the Device Manager window, click the next to Network Adapters.

  6. Double-click the Intel WiFI Link or PRO/Wireless icon.

  7. Click the Advanced tab.
    Note: The Wireless networking adapter in your computer may not have every option shown below, change the ones available.

  8. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Channel Width for 2.4GHz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: You may need to uncheck the box next to Use default value to make any changes.

  9. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Channel Width for 5.2Ghz and select Auto from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: You may need to uncheck the box next to Use default value to make any changes.

  10. In the Property: box, click 802.11n Mode and select Enabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.

  11. In the Property: box, click Fat Channel Intolerant and select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Value:.
    Note: You may need to uncheck the box next to Use default value to make any changes.

  12. In the Property: box, click Power Management and move the slider to Highest.
    Note: You may need to uncheck the box next to Use default value to make any changes.

  13. In the Property: box, click Roaming Aggressiveness and move the slider to Lowest.
    Notes:
    1. You may need to uncheck the box next to Use default value to make any changes.
    2. This setting is suggested for home wireless networks. When you are on a business network and move from place to place, the setting should be set to the middle.

  14. In the Property: box, click Transmit Power and move the slider to Highest.
    Note: You may need to uncheck the box next to Use default value to make any changes.

  15. In the Property: box, click Wireless Mode and select the option with the most listings (typically at the bottom).
    Note: You may need to uncheck the box next to Use default value to make any changes.

  16. Click OK.
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Article ID: SLN285293

Last Date Modified: 09/15/2019 02:53 PM


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