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Wi-Fi client adapter connection and roaming behavior

Symptom(s):
One of the following roaming behaviors may be experienced:

  • Initial connection is not always to closest access point (AP) or broadband Wi-Fi router
  • Roaming is not always to an AP/router with a greater indicated signal strength
  • Roaming is not always to the closest AP/router
  • Roaming is not immediate

Solution:

In most cases, this behavior is normal and expected. If your Wi-Fi network has multiple APs/routers, the client adapter can roam (automatically select and switch to another AP/router) from one AP/router to another.

The roaming behavior is designed to increase the efficiency of the Wi-Fi network by minimizing unnecessary data traffic. The behavior also aids in conserving battery power consumption.

The roaming is based on signal quality rather than distance to an AP/router. Changes in the signal quality are monitored by the adapter to determine whether a roam should occur. However, if the signal quality to an AP/router that is further away remains good the client may not roam to a nearer AP/router, or may not roam immediately.

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® WiFi Link 1000
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-015906
Last Modified: 17-Jul-2014
Date Created: 29-Sep-2004