Wireless Products
Intel® WiMAX Adapters
Turning the WiMAX radio on and off

When the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX1 Connection Utility is started, the wireless radio is On by default. This is indicated by the WiMAX On/Off button in the main window, and the WiMAX On / WiMAX Off button showing WiMAX On in the task tray.

There are multiple ways to turn your wireless radio On or Off:

  • Main window WiMAX On/Off button: This, along task tray button, is a common method for turning on and off the wireless radio. Simply click the button On or Off as necessary. Turning WiMAX off will disconnect you from the WiMAX network.
  • Task Tray WiMAX On / WiMAX Off button: This button is available via the task tray. Provides quick access to turn on or off WiMAX. Turning WiMAX off will disconnect you from the WiMAX network.
  • WiFi exclusivity: If you turn WiFi on while WiMAX is connected, WiMAX will turn off and your WIMAX connection will be lost. The opposite is also true, if you turn WiMAX on while WiFi is connected, WiFi will turn off and your WiFi connection will be lost. WiFi and WiMAX cannot operate simultaneously.
  • Hardware radio switch: Some computers have a hardware radio switch that lets you turn the wireless radio on and off. This switch operates independently from the WiMAX On/Off button (however, if the radio switch is off, this is reflected by the WiMAX On/Off button in the task tray and main window). To turn WiMAX on, turn on the wireless radio hardware switch first. Then click WiMAX on at the task tray or main window.
  • Resetting the adapter: If the wireless radio is not working and you have checked the hardware radio switch, the adapter may not be working correctly and may need to be reset. Resetting the adapter also reloads the driver. To reset the adapter, at the main window, click Options > Advanced > Adapter. Then click Reset WiMAX adapter. This process takes from 5 to 10 seconds.

1 WiMAX connectivity requires a WiMAX-enabled device and subscription to a WiMAX broadband service. WiMAX connectivity may require you to purchase additional software or hardware at extra cost. Availability of WiMAX is limited; check with your carrier for details on availability and network limitations. Broadband performance and results may vary due to environmental factors and other variables. See WiMAX Technology for more information.

Operating System:

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition*, Windows Vista Starter, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Business, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Business, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 64-bit version*, Windows XP Starter Edition*, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition*, Windows XP Professional*, Windows XP Home Edition*, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition*, Windows XP Media Center Edition*

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products

Solution ID: CS-029563
Last Modified: 14-Nov-2012
Date Created: 04-Aug-2008
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