The power management setting can be thought of as power savings mode. Power savings have six levels. Disabling power savings mode provides the greatest Wi-Fi network performance.
Power management lets you select a balance between power consumption and Wi-Fi adapter performance. The Wi-Fi adapter power settings balance the computer's power source and its battery.
- Default value: Default Power settings are based on the computer's power source.
- Manual: Adjust the power setting as desired. Use the lowest setting for maximum battery life. Use the highest setting for maximum performance.
Windows® 10, Windows 7*, and Windows 8.1*
To access the Power Options:
- Open Control Panel.
- For Windows 7: Select Start > Control Panel
- For Windows 10 and 8.1: Press Win X or right-click on the Start button and select Control Panel
- Select Power Options or Hardware and Sound > Power Options.
- Select Change plan settings (next to the power plan).
- Select Change advanced power settings.
- Select Wireless Adapter Settings (you may need to scroll).
- Open Power Saving Mode.
- Select the options for On battery and Plugged in.
- Maximum Performance: Adapter is set to maximum transmit power level.
- Low Power Saving: Slightly lower transmit power than maximum performance.
- Medium Power Saving: Offers slightly less power saving than maximum power saving.
- Maximum Power Saving: Sets the adapter to the lowest transmit power.
|Note||Setting power options to Maximum Performance while on battery can cause battery power to discharge faster.|
Video: How to change the wireless power settings on Windows 7*
Make sure to read the information in the Description box about setting Power Management for an Intel WLAN adapter installed in a system with Windows XP*.