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Windows 7: Where Are The N WiFi Settings For Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000?


20 Apr 2014   #1

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Where Are The N WiFi Settings For Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000?

Hello all, I am having issue enabling the 802.11n settings for my WiFi card that is supposed to have N grade (300 Mbps) capabilities. The card standards are 802.11b/g/n. According to Intel's white sheet for the Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000, it should be able to utilize the N grade WiFi speed capabilities. However, I'm not seeing the setting available in the Advanced settings of the driver. The attached screenshot shows that there are only b & g settings available. This is most inconvenient because my internet speed was just upgraded to 105 Mbps & I'd like to at least enjoy a little. I'm not getting anything above 50 Mbps. Is anyone else having this issue?



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20 Apr 2014   #2

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It's the same for ALL Intel WiFi products. Wireless Mode for Intel is basically using ABG, BG, AG, A, G, and B modes only. (see screenshot)

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For Centrino series, there's a menu called "802.11n mode" and from there you can use it to enable or disable WiFi N

For 7260 series, it is called "HT mode" and if you disable that, the NIC will refuse to connect to N network and will operate on G or A.

FYI, there's a difference between what Windows say on the connection rate and the actual rate. The actual rate depends on RF environment, walls between the computer, antenna gain, and power management. The best actual speed you can get is around 40 - 50 % of the speed reported by Windows.

Getting an actual speed of 50 Mbps means that you're already connected to WiFi N. I might guess that the connection rate reported by Windows is probably 144 Mbps. 50 Mbps is close to the maximum actual throughput of 70 - 75 Mbps. You can change the settings on your router to "force" 40 MHz channel width on the 2.4 GHz band and then set the "802.11 Channel width for 2.4 GHz to" "Auto" to allow the adapter to use 40 MHz channel width.

If successful, this should give you 300 Mbps reported connection rate and around 130 - 180 Mbps of actual speed. Therefore, your 100+ Mbps internet speed should be covered provided that your environment has little to none RF interference and the laptop is within line of sight of the router.


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20 Apr 2014   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theveterans View Post
It's the same for ALL Intel WiFi products. Wireless Mode for Intel is basically using ABG, BG, AG, A, G, and B modes only. (see screenshot)

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For Centrino series, there's a menu called "802.11n mode" and from there you can use it to enable or disable WiFi N

For 7260 series, it is called "HT mode" and if you disable that, the NIC will refuse to connect to N network and will operate on G or A.
Ohh okay. I thought the Wireless Mode setting was missing something. I have Wireless Mode set to 802.11b/g & 802.11n set to Enabled (Those were already set as such). So with that in order, why am I not getting anything above 50 Mbps even when I'm right next to the router?
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20 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

What is the speed that's being reported by Windows on the connection status?
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20 Apr 2014   #5

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117.0 Mbps, fluctuating of course.
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20 Apr 2014   #6

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What is the speed that's being reported by Windows on the connection status?
Wait are you subscribed to this thread or just when people quote you?
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20 Apr 2014   #7

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When I respond I should get subscribed already. 117 Mbps is definitely N and 50 Mbps is the absolute max at that connection rate.

Go to your router settings and see if the there's an option that says "40 MHz only" in the wireless settings.
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20 Apr 2014   #8

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Ok there was nothing in my router settings (Netgear WNDR3400) that say anything about "40 MHz only." I did however notice that the IPv6 settings were Disabled. I then set IPv6 to DHCP.

After a few speed tests, I noticed that the IPv4 results were consistently ~25 to ~40 Mbps (from both being right next to the router & where I am in the house now) & the IPv6 results were consistently ~45 to ~60+ Mbps. 45 to 60 Mbps seems a lot more accurate for the 105 Mbps I'm supposed to be getting in relation to where I am in the house (I'm no longer right next to the router).

Could the IPv6 settings have been the culprit or should I be getting the same speeds in IPv4 as well?

Attached are a few results from where I am now (not right next to the router).


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20 Apr 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

That's weird. They should be getting the same. Maybe your IPv4 DNS server is not as responsive as the IPv6 DNS server. Well, 60 Mbps is still not the highest speed you can get out that Centrino 1000.

Change the mode to "Up to 300 Mbps" then change the Centrino 1000 "802.11 Channel width for 2.4 GHz to" "Auto". This should give the connection rate to 300 Mbps and your WiFi throughput should get to around 90 Mbps (limited by fast Ethernet of the WNDR3400)

It's good that we both have the same router. I have the "up to 300 Mbps" setting on both 2.4 and 5 Ghz setting and you'll see that I get 300 Mbps speed by following this Intel knowledgebase: http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/sb/CS-030709.htm

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21 Apr 2014   #10

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Thanks for staying up late with me lol. It's 1:34 a.m. here.

Okay according to Comcast?s Speedtest Now Breaks Out IPv6 Speed Vs IPv4 Speed | Deploy360 Programme the issue may very well be that I am currently over my ISP's data cap. If that is the sole reason, at least my IPv4 speed will be back to normal when I pay my bill next week.

Setting my 2.4 GHz channel to Auto knocks off my devices as I've found several times in the past & setting it to 07 seems to be the fastest connection I can get so, I just leave it there.

I already had my 2.4 GHz mode set to 300 Mbps.

Where the Intel link says to check Auto channel scan & Channel width, I don't have 802.11 mode settings or Channel width settings anywhere in my router's settings.

Do you know if this card is a dual band card? I can't connect to my 5 GHz network. I named my 2.4 GHz network iLink & my 5 GHz network iLink-5G. When I try to connect to my 5 GHz network, iLink-5G isn't in my list of available networks to join. I know my 5 GHz network is broadcasting though because I can connect to it with my phone.
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