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Advanced Configuration: Optimizing an INTEL Based Wireless Adapter

Important Note

This is an advanced guide requiring changes to very deep settings within the wireless driver configuration. These changes are only able to be performed on most devices with a wireless adapter powered by the Intel chipset. If you are not comfortable in making these changes, please seek out assistance at the OIT Technology Support Center (support@oit.gatech.edu/404-894-7173), your departmental CSR, or if you live in the Georgia Tech residence halls) ResNet (404-894-0044).


The most recent INTEL driver from the INTEL website will need to be installed before continuing as some older or OEM versions do not allow access to all settings. The Intel Driver Update Utility can be found at http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect/wireless. This utility will help you detect which driver updates are relevant to your computer and helps you install them quickly and easily.

This example is assuming you are running Windows 7 or 8 with a working INTEL adapter that is turned on. This also assumes that you have administrator privileges on the computer.

  1. Hit Windows+E to pull up a default Windows Explorer window.

  2. Where it says "This PC" (Win8) or "Computer" (Win7), type in "Network Connections" and hit Enter. You should see the following window, with varying adapters listed:

  3. Right click your primary wireless adapter, and select "properties". This should lead you to the following window:

  4. Click on the "Configure" button. This should open up the following window:

  5. Configure Roaming Aggressiveness: Click on the "advanced" tab at the top of the window, and then select the option that says "Roaming Aggressiveness". Set this to 1 or 2 (you may have to experiment, depending on how far away you are from wireless access points, and how often you move between them).

  6. Configure Power Setting: Next, select the "power" option, and set this to the highest option available.

  7. Configure Preferred Band: Next, select the "Preferred Band" option, and set this to "Prefer 5.2GHz band".

  8. Click the "OK" button, and close out of all Windows opened during this tutorial. You MUST reboot in order for these changes to take effect.

See the other troubleshooting guides for your device if you continue having difficulties.


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