[Fix] Intel Wireless 7260 AC Wifi Speed Issues in Windows 10

For many users, Intel Dual Band Wireless 7260 AC has been a issue of distress because of highly cynical speed of Wireless and this has affected the networking via wireless difficult and highly variable speed in internet surfing. Overall you’ll face fluctuations in internet and would observe a disastrous difference between you really used to have in Windows 7 or 8. And it’s not like that things have been any better with 7260 AC card with Windows 8, but however it was manageable. Now, you’ll have great trouble in playing online games like Counter Strike where lower the ping the best situation is a must. So, let’s fix this issue:

Fix Intel Wireless 7260 AC Wifi Speed Issues in Windows 10

Solution 1

Intel Dual Band Wireless 7260 AC card designed for work mainly for 5Ghz AC connections. But since most users using laptop of many manufacturer say HP, Lenovo or even Dell have this card in their laptop. Intel shouldn’t have sold this card in bulk as in the end it’s the consumer who suffer. However to fix this issue, let’s begin:

Download latest drivers from Intel here. You’ll get two choices to choose from i.e.

For Windows 8 / 10 32 Bit For Windows 8 / 10 64 bit
Wireless Driver Only – Version 18.12.0 Wireless_18.12.0_De132.exe Wireless_18.12.0_De164.exe
Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software (includes Drivers) – Version 18.12.0 Wireless_18.12.0_t32.exe Wireless_18.12.0_t64.exe

This driver is applicable for following Intel adapters:

PROSet version = 18.12.0

Driver version = 18.12.0.3 for Windows 10 for 7265, 7260, 3165, and 3160 adapters.
Driver version = 15.18.0.1 for Windows 10 for 105, 135, 2230, 6205, 6235, and 6300 adapters.
Driver version = 15.12.0.9 for Windows 10 for 2200, 6150, and 6250 adapters.

  1. Install the Intel Wireless Driver. If you had Intel PROset previously in laptop, install that one, otherwise install the driver version only.
  2. Now many of users might face internet connectivity issue and shall see “Limited Connection” or the Internet might be very slow to load new pages. This happens because it’s not the manufacturer version driver, hence it needs to be configured properly for using it on older hardware. These solutions provided below are valid for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for all the wireless adapters i listed above.
  3. Right click on Wireless icon and select “Open Network and Sharing Center“.
  4. Click “Change Adapter Settings“.
  5. Right click on wireless connection and select Properties.
  6. Click “Configure“.
  7. When Network Adapter Properties open, select “Advanced” tab and change the settings as given below:
  8. Login into your router settings and disable P2P settings and Enable WMM (Wi-Fi multimedia)WIreless Advanced Settings
  9. If you play Xbox or have the app installed, open and sign in and then go to settings and disable “Game DVR“.
  10. Open Wireless Settings and disable auto connecting to wireless hotspots.
  11. Also, last if you’re not using any bluetooth device, switch OFF bluetooth too in Windows 10 settings.

Solution 2

Another issue for fluctuating speed could happen because of Power Save Polling (PSP) issues with Access points. According to Intel, if a WiFi router doesn’t support Power save Polling (PSP) feature, than it can create issues like, Intermittent loss of loss of Wi-Fi connection, Inability to initiate a Wi-Fi connection, Poor Wi-Fi connection data performance. These issues are most noticeable when the computer is on battery power.

PSP mode is a feature built to increase battery life of laptops and notebooks. However this mode requires a coordination between the Access point and the Wi-Fi router. But later on it was discovered by Intel that some access points or routers are not able to support PSP correctly or doesn’t support at all.

The only solution to check or ask manufacturer if there is any updated firmware of the router. If there is no such update, then there is one turn-around to set the wi-fi adapter of your computer to Continuously Aware Mode (CAM). Enabling this would disable the PSP feature. You can enable the CAM feature by following given methods:

  • Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility
  • Network control panel applet (NCPA)

Be cautious, as this feature in some models can hinder Bluetooth functionality.

How to Enable Continuously Aware Mode using Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility

From the Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility:

  1. Click Advanced > Adapter Settings > Advanced tab.
  2. Windows XP*: Select Power Management, uncheck Default / Auto, and move the slider to Highest / Maximum Performance.
  3. Windows 7 or 8 or 10: Select Transmit Power, change Value to 5. Highest.

How to Enable Continuously Aware Mode using Network Control Panel Applet (NCPA)

  1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Network Connections.
  3. Right-click the wireless connection and click Properties.
  4. Click Configure.
  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Windows XP: Select the Power Management setting, uncheck Default / Auto, and move the slider to Highest / Maximum Performance.
  7. Windows 7 or 8: Select Transmit Power, change Value to 5. Highest.

Above method fixes WiFi issues of following Intel Wireless adapter models:

16 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks a lot!! I got a stable connection again after trying around for over a month! I was short of returning my laptop back to the dealer because of this intel wireless issue…

    thanks again!

  2. hi, i have similar problem, could you help me? i cant play online game becouse my ping i jumping from high to low, actually i have proset ver 18.33.0.2
    what should i do now?

    • I have listed out every possible way up to my knowledge. Also don’t have proset to replicate the issue at my end. So sorry for that..

  3. Thank you very much Robert !!!
    I just bought this used ASUS laptop (almost bright new) with this 7260 AC from bestbuy, and I think it has some compatibility issue with my COMCAST router. Anyway, I was able to fix it by following your instruction.
    Thank you

  4. Hi,

    I will keep it short 🙂 I have MSI GS70. After update no wifi, adaptor error, no wifi networks available near routers etc etc. I tried to uninstal the driver for Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 726 but after instal windows instaled the same bad driver.
    How i solved :D. I removed my wifi adapter from the computer. Uninstaled the driver and deleted all the files with Revo Uninstaler then i restarted the laptop. All good no drivers. I placed the wifi in my laptop ( random throw :))) ) and i powered my laptop. WIndows 10 instaled the adapter and now my wifi works like new.

    Have fun.

  5. Robert thank you so much all though my WiFi is a 3260 intel I have had a lot of disconnect in windows 10 normally while playing online games, I have followed your advice and fingers crossed no dc’s

  6. hi, I have a dell inspiron 15 that came with win 8.1. after update to win 10 my problems started. I have been trying everything with both dell support and D-link for router and it has something to do with config. I have followed your tips and so many others I found on web without results. I factory reset to win8.1, updated to latest intel drivers, reverted to old ones from Intel or Microsoft, updated everything possible and check all setting on router with dlink support etc.. but does not make it better. It is only my device that has problem! My previous wifi adapter was intel 3160 AC and basically stopped to work max 4/5 mbs instead of previous 55 mbs, now with new model 7260 AC it reaches 35 mbs but on and off, keep loosing network and very weak, Dell has also replaced antenna.
    All other devices reach up to 85 mbs wifi with my router which is older dir-615 with only 802.11 g and n, but all other devices even 2009 xp dell laptop works great on wireless. No one can tell me what it causes, even at work instead of 300mbs I could reach it goes up to max 94mbs close to source, and in evey case speed and signal go down quickly as soon as I move a few meters away the router.
    I am sure has something to do with Win10 config, but what? Can someone help me please? It is 6 months I am having this problem and recently even by cable my speed went down to 98 to max 70 mbs, so maybe the problem is not wifi adapter but something upstream shared by both cable and wifi that slow down connection?!

    • Upgrade to Windows anniversary update. I believe speed issue was taken care of in that update. Also, if wireless adapter after the update keeps bugging you, buy a new USB wireless adapter (300N) from the market and disable the internal of Intel you have.

  7. That’s haven’t work for , have 0.000 mbps , so I reset what you say to do and only change “802.11n channel Width for 2.4Ghz conenctions to 20mhz” and the 802.11n channel for 5.4Ghz , and in “Roaming Agressiveness” I put it to max ( he was max at the beginning not medium ) and then I had my full internet connection. Also , Thanks you for your post , even if he don’t fully work for me ^^.

    Sorry for my bad english , i’m french xD

  8. If the above solutions do not work, then go the advanced settings of your device and change the channel width of 2.4GHz receiver into 20MHz only.

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