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Driver Installation Basics for Intel® Wireless Adapters


Last Reviewed: 24-May-2018
Article ID: 000005600

What downloads are available for Intel® Wireless Adapters?
Two kinds of downloads are available on Download Center for Intel® Wireless Adapters: 

  1. WiFi-related downloads that can be classified as:
    Software package We recommend this download for general end users. The download package includes:

    Drivers only
    This download is primarily for IT admins or users with advanced knowledge. The download package includes:
    • Wireless adapter drivers

    Updates, patches, or fixes in a new software release may only apply to Intel® PROSet software or to certain Intel® Wireless Adapters. When you update the Intel® PROSet software package, it might not update the wireless adapter driver if it includes the same driver as the previous release.


  2. Bluetooth-related downloads include:
    • Wireless adapter drivers only.

    IT Administrator Links for Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® Software and Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software available on our support site.


What are options for downloading Intel® Wireless Drivers and other software?

For Windows* OS:
  1. Automatically detect and update your drivers and software with the Intel® Driver & Support Assistant.
  2. Manually identify your Intel® Wireless Adapter and driver version number. Then download the latest driver for your Intel® Wireless Adapter.
  3. For driver-only package, see IT Administrator Links for Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software.
For Linux:
  1. Download Linux* drivers for Intel® Wireless adapters.


Once downloaded, how do I install drivers and software?

To manually install your drivers or Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software:

  1. Ensure that the download supports your wireless adapter.
  2. Download the file to a folder on your PC.
  3. Double-click on the file to launch installation.


What's the difference between Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)-supplied and Intel® Software?

Your computer manufacturer might have customized drivers and software to enable or alter features, or provide improved operation on your computer. Contact the manufacturer for the latest updates and technical support information. If you can no longer get driver support from your computer manufacturer, you can download generic Intel drivers.

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