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Advanced Intel® Wireless Adapter Settings


Last Reviewed: 12-Oct-2017
Article ID: 000005585

Access and configure the advanced adapter settings to meet your wireless networking needs.

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How to access the advanced adapter settings in Windows® 10
  1. Go to Desktop mode.
  2. Right-click Start in the bottom left corner.
  3. Click Device Manager.
  4. Click the > sign to expand the Network adapters entry.
  5. Right-click the wireless adapter and click Properties.
  6. Click the Advanced tab to configure the advanced settings.
How to access the advanced adapter settings in Windows 8*/8.1*
  1. Go to Desktop mode.
  2. Select Charms > Settings > PC Info.
  3. Click Device Manager (located in the top left of screen).
  4. Click the > sign to expand the Network adapters entry.
  5. Right-click the wireless adapter and click Properties.
  6. Click the Advanced tab to configure the advanced settings.
How to access the advanced adapter settings in Windows 7*
  1. Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop or from the Start menu.
  2. Click Manage.
  3. Click Device Manager.
  4. Click the + sign to expand the Network Adapters entry.
  5. Right-click the wireless adapter and click Properties.
  6. Click the Advanced tab to configure the advanced settings.

Screenshot of the right-click context menu

Screenshot of the Intel(r) Centrino(r) advanced-n 6250 AGN Properties

Advanced Wi-Fi adapter settings

Note Certain properties may not appear depending on the type of wireless adapter, driver version, or operating system installed.
802.11n channel width (band 2.4/band 5.2)

Use 802.11n channel width to set high throughput mode channel width in order to maximize performance.

  • Auto (default): For band 5.2, this setting uses 20 or 40 MHz depending on the wireless access point or router
  • 20 MHz
802.11n mode

The 802.11n standard adds multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO). MIMO increases data throughput to improve the transfer rate. Use the setting to enable or disable high throughput mode support (MIMO - 802.11n).

  • Enabled (default)
  • Disabled
Notes

The settings are only available for the adapters:

  • Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350
  • Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150
  • Intel® WiFi Link 5300
  • Intel® WiFi Link 5100
  • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
For other adapters, HT Mode replaces this setting.

To achieve transfer rates greater than 54 Mbps on 802.11n connections, you must select WPA2-AES security. You can select no security (None) to enable network setup and troubleshooting. An administrator can enable or disable support for high throughput mode to reduce power consumption or conflicts with other bands or compatibility issues.

Ad-hoc channel 802.11 b/g

Ad-hoc channel 802.11 b/g is the band and channel selection for device to device (ad-hoc) networks. You don't need to change the channel unless the other computers in the ad-hoc network are not using the default channel.

If you must change the channel, select the allowed operating channel:

  • 802.11b/g (default): Select when using 802.11b and 802.11g (2.4 GHz) ad-hoc band frequency.
  • 802.11a: Select when using 802.11a (5 GHz) ad-hoc band frequency.
Note This setting is not available on Windows® 10
Ad-hoc power management

Set power-saving features for device to device (ad-hoc) networks.

  • Disabled: Select when connecting to ad-hoc networks with stations that don't support ad-hoc power management.
  • Maximum Power Savings: Select to optimize battery life.
  • Noisy Environment: Select when connecting in a noisy environment to prevent performance degradation.
Note These settings are only available for the adapters:
  • Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350
  • Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150
  • Intel® WiFi Link 5300
  • Intel® WiFi Link 5100
  • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Ad-hoc QoS mode

The Quality of Service (QoS) control in ad-hoc networks prioritizes traffic from the access point over a Wi-Fi Local Area Network (LAN) based on traffic classification. Wi-Fi Multimedia* (WMM*) is the QoS certification of the Wi-Fi Alliance* (WFA). When WMM is enabled, the adapter uses WMM to support priority tagging and queuing capabilities for Wi-Fi networks.

  • WMM Enabled
  • WMM Disabled (default)
Note This setting is not available on Windows® 10.
The feature is not installed through an Administrator Package when your computer has either an:
  • Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
  • Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ARP offloading for WoWLAN

ARP offload is the network adapter's ability to respond to an IPv4 ARP request without waking the computer. To enable the feature, both the hardware and the driver must support ARP offload.

  • Enabled
  • Disabled
Bluetooth® AMP

Enable or disable Bluetooth® AMP.

Alternate MAC/PHY (AMP) uses the 802.11(Wi-Fi) as the high-speed transport. If disabled, Bluetooth HS is turned off.

  • Enabled
  • Disabled
Fat channel intolerant

The setting communicates to surrounding networks that the Wi-Fi adapter is not tolerant of 40 MHz channels in the 2.4 GHz band. The default setting is Disabled (turned off) so that the adapter does not send this notification.

GTK rekeying for WoWLAN

Group Temporal Key (GTK) Rekey is used to encrypt and decrypt network traffic.

  • Enabled
  • Disabled
HT mode

The setting lets you select High Throughput mode (HT Mode), select Very High Throughput Mode (VHT Mode), or disable both modes.

  • Disabled
  • HT mode (enable 802.11n data rates)
  • VHT mode (enables 802.11ac data rates)
MIMO power save modeMIMO power save mode, also known as spatial multiplexing power save (SMPS) mode, allows the client to save power by keeping one antenna in a receive idle state.
  • Auto SMPS (default): The client decides automatically what SMPS mode to apply depends on different conditions.
  • Dynamic SMPS: The client keeps only one antenna active. The access point (AP) must send request to send (RTS) packet to trigger the client to wake the sleeping radios/antenna before sending MIMO packets.
  • Static SMPS: The clients keeps only one antenna active and the AP cannot send MIMO packets to the client.
  • No SMPS: The client always keep all antennas active and the AP can send MIMO packets to the client.
Note Some legacy APs may have compatibility issue with supporting the SMPS mode and may cause various link quality problems. Change this setting to No SMPS may help to workaround the issue.
Mixed mode protection

Use mixed mode protection to avoid data collisions in a mixed 802.11b and 802.11g environment. Use Request to Send/Clear to Send (RTS/CTS) in an environment where clients may not hear each other. Use CTS-to-self to gain more throughput in an environment where clients are within hearing proximity.

Note The setting is not valid when 802.11n mode is enabled.
NS offloading for WoWLAN

NS offload is the network adapter's ability to respond to a Neighbor Discovery Neighbor Solicitation request with a Neighbor Advertisement without waking the computer. Both the hardware and the driver must support NS offload to enable this feature.

  • Enabled
  • Disabled
Packet Coalescing

Enables power saving by reducing the number of receive interrupts. The feature reduces receive interrupts by coalescing random broadcast or multicast packets.

Preferred band
  • No Preference
  • Prefer 2.4 GHz band
  • Prefer 5.2 GHz band
Roaming aggressiveness

Define how aggressively your Wi-Fi client roams to improve connection to an access point. Click Use default value to balance between not roaming and performance.

  • Lowest: Your wireless client doesn't roam. Only significant link quality degradation causes it to roam to another access point.
  • Medium-Low or Medium-High: Allow roaming.
  • Medium: Balanced setting between not roaming and performance.
  • Highest: Your Wi-Fi client continuously tracks the link quality. If any degradation occurs, it tries to find and roam to a better access point.
Sleep on WoWLAN disconnect

Sleep on WoWLAN Disconnect is the ability to put the device to sleep/drop connection when WoWLAN is disconnected.

  • Enabled
  • Disabled
Throughput Booster

Enhance the transmit throughput by enabling packet bursting. The default setting is Disabled.

Transmit power

The optimal setting is to set the transmit power at the lowest possible level still compatible with communication quality. The setting allows the maximum number of wireless devices to operate in dense areas. It reduces interference with other devices that share the radio spectrum. If you decrease the transmit power, you reduce the radio coverage.

  • Lowest: Sets the adapter to the lowest transmit power. Increase the number of coverage areas or confine a coverage area. You should reduce the coverage area in high traffic areas to improve overall transmission quality and avoid congestion or interference with other devices.
  • Medium-low, Medium, or Medium-high: Set by country requirements.
  • Highest (Default): Sets the transmit level of the adapter to a maximum. Use this setting in environments with limited radio devices for maximum performance and range.
Note

This setting takes effect when either Network (Infrastructure) or Device to Device (ad-hoc) mode is used.

U-APSD support

U-APSD (or WMM-Power Save or WMM-PS) is a Wi-Fi capability that saves power consumption on low periodic latency-sensitive traffic modes, like a VoIP. We have identified IOT (interoperability) issues with certain access points that result in reduced RX throughput.

  • Enabled
  • Disabled

Screen shot of Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Properties

Wake on magic packet

If enabled, the setting wakes the computer from a sleep state when it receives a Magic Packet from a sending computer. The Magic Packet contains the MAC address of the intended destination computer. Enabling turns on Wake on Magic Packet. Disabling turns off Wake on Magic Packet. It only disables the Magic Packet feature, not Wake on Wireless LAN.

  • Enabled
  • Disabled
Wake on pattern match

Wakes the computer from a sleep state when an adapter receives a particular wake pattern. Window 7* and Windows 8* support the feature. Patterns are typically:

  • Wake on new incoming TCP connection for IPv4 and IPv6 (TCP SYN IPv4 and TCP SYN IPv6)
  • Wake on 802.1x reauthentication packets

Disabling only disables the pattern match feature, not Wake on Wireless LAN.

  • Enabled
  • Disabled
Wireless mode

Allows you to select whether the adapter operates in the 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a bands.

  • 802.11b only: Connect the wireless adapter to 802.11b networks only.
  • 802.11g only: Connect the wireless adapter to 802.11g networks only.
  • 802.11a and 802.11g: Connect the wireless adapter to 802.11a and 802.11g networks only.
  • 802.11b and 802.11g: Connect the wireless adapter to 802.11b and 802.11g networks only.
  • 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g (default): Connect to 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.1g wireless networks.
Note To enable 802.11n/ac, keep the default setting for Wireless mode. Select HT mode for 802.11n, or VHT mode for 802.11ac under HT mode.
Related topics
Recommended Settings for 802.11ac Connectivity
Recommended Settings for 802.11n Connectivity
Overview of Packet Coalescing

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