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Setting wireless adapter power management

Power Management
Lets you select a balance between power consumption and Wi-Fi adapter performance. The Wi-Fi adapter power settings slider sets a balance between the computer's power source and the battery.

Use default value: (Default) Power settings are based on the computer's power source.
Manual: Adjust the slider for the desired setting. Use the lowest setting for maximum
battery life. Use the highest setting for maximum performance.

Windows XP*
Setting Power Management for an Intel WLAN adapter installed in a system with Microsoft Windows XP* can be misleading if the user overlooks the information in the Description box.

Power Management

The power management setting can actually be thought of as power savings mode. There are six levels of power savings,. An advantage of disabling power savings mode is that it provides the greatest Wi-Fi network performance.

Windows 7*

To access the Power Options:
Select Start | Control Panel
Select 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 down to see this)
Open Power Saving Mode
Select the options for On battery and Plugged in

Power Management

Power Options:
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.

Power Management

Power Management

Video: How to change the Wireless Power Settings on Windows 7*

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 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
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 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-032513
Last Modified: 09-Apr-2014
Date Created: 17-May-2011
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