Intel AC 7260 Wi-Fi driver blocks your Internet connection? Fix it now
If you have been experiencing technical difficulties because of the Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver issues ranging from slow speed, fluctuating network, Wi-Fi not connecting, and general wireless networking problems, then this post is for you.
Windows 7 or 8 users seems to have lesser share of the Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver issues until they upgrade to Windows 10. However Windows 10 users seem to have the greatest trouble in wireless networking due to Intel’s 7260 Wi-Fi driver. Playing online games like Counter Strike can often turn into a nightmare due to the distress experienced in connecting to the internet.
However, we have identified the issues and come up with solutions to fix each Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver bug. The list below contains the most common problems relating to the Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver.
- Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver Wi-Fi issues: we’ll show you how to establish the Wi-Fi connection in no time.
- Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver slow speed/limited connection: if your Internet connection is extremely slow, there are a few workarounds that you can use to get it back on track.
- Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver won’t connect.
- Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver disconnecting: we have a fix for this problem as well.
How to fix Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver issues
Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver Wi-Fi issues
Many Windows users using HP, Dell or even Toshibalaptops have the Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver card in their laptops. Windows users have complained about the inability to initiate a Wi-Fi connection which could be due to the Power Save Polling (PSP) issues with Access points.
Another reason for the Wi-Fi problem is the PSP mode feature which is built to increase battery life of laptops and notebooks. According to Intel, if a Wi-Fi router doesn’t support the Power save Polling (PSP) feature, then it may be unable to instantiate Wi-Fi connection, among other Wi-Fi issues. These problems are obvious when the PC is on battery power. However, we have come up with the right solution to fix the Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver Wi-Fi issues.
Enable Continuously Aware Mode (CAM)
This method involves setting the Wi-Fi adapter of your PC to Continuously Aware Mode (CAM). This would disable the PSP feature. You can enable the CAM feature using the following methods:
Network control panel applet (NCPA)
Follow these steps Enable Continuously Aware Mode using Network Control Panel Applet (NCPA)
- From the Start menu, type “Control Panel” and hit the “Enter” key.
- Here, double-click the “Network Connections” menu.
- Right-click the wireless connection option and click “Properties”.
- Hence, click “Configure”.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- For Windows XP: Click on the Power Management setting, uncheck Default / Auto tick box, and move the slider to Highest / Maximum Performance.
- For Windows 7 or 8, 10: Select Transmit Power, change the value to 5 which is the highest.
Note: This procedure above fixes the Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver Wi-Fi issues for the following Intel Wireless adapter models:
|Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250||Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230|
|Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160|
|Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260|
|Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop|
|Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230||Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260|
|Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235||Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection|
|Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300||Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection|
|Intel Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150||Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection|
|Intel Centrino Wireless-N 100||Intel PROSet/Wireless Software|
|Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000||Intel Wi-Fi Link 1000|
|Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030||Intel Wi-Fi Link 5300 and Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100 products|
|Intel Centrino Wireless-N 130||Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5350 and Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5150 products|
|Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200||Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN|
|Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop||Intel Wireless-N 7260|
Intel PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility
You can enable Continuously Aware Mode using Intel PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility to fix the Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver Wi-Fi issues following these steps:
- Launch the Intel PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility
- Click on the “Advanced” menu then the “Adapter Settings” and proceed to the advanced tab.
- For Windows XP: Select Power Management, uncheck Default / Auto, and move the slider to the Highest / Maximum Performance.
- Windows 7 or 8 or 10: Select Transmit Power, change Value to 5 which is the highest value.
Note: When you enable the CAM feature, it can hinder Bluetooth functionality in some models. However, enabling the CAM feature fixes the Wi-Fi issues in Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver.
Another alternative to these methods is to update the firmware of your Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver card from the manufacturer or purchase the latest release and have a computer engineer replace it for you.
Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver slow speed/limited connection
The Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver card is designed to work mainly for 5 GHz AC connections. But many laptops manufacturers have the Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver in their laptops such as Dell, HP, and Toshiba.
The Intel card is generally slow in some laptop models and in cases where there is an instantiated internet wireless connection, there are severe cases of limited connection or the Internet is very slow in loading pages.
In order to fix the Intel Wireless AC 7260 AC slow speed/limited connection problem, follow these steps:
- Download the Intel PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Software or the latest Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver from Intel at their official website here. Or, download the latest Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver from your laptop/PC manufacturer’s website for official downloads.
- Install the Intel Wireless Driver. If Intel PROSet had been previously installed on your PC, install the driver version only.
Configure the Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver for Windows 7, 8, and 10 PC using these steps:
Step 1: From your desktop, right click on the Wireless icon and select “Open Network and Sharing Center“.
Step 2: Click on “Change Adapter Settings“.
- 11n channel Width for 2.4Ghz connections to 20mhz ONLY (Default is Auto)
- Preferred Band 2.4Ghz (Default is Auto)
- Roaming Aggressiveness 1. Lowest (Default is 3. Medium)
- Wireless mode 802.11b/g (Default is 802.11a/b/g)
- Set HT mode to VHT mode
Step 6: Hence, login into your router settings and disable P2P settings and Enable CAM.
Step 7: Finally, open “Wireless Settings” and disable auto connecting to wireless hotspots.
Note: You need to switch off Bluetooth if you are not using any Bluetooth device from the Windows 10 settings. Also, you need to disable “Game DVR” if you play Xbox or any app that requires wireless connection from the “game” settings. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to disable Game DVR.
This method should help you fix the Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver slow speed/limited connection problem.
Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver won’t connect
Some Windows PC owners with the Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver have noticed the wireless card used to work fine at some point but later were unable to connect to the internet; this is mostly common with Windows 10 PC owners. The Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver may be able to instantiate Internet connection at a common place but not elsewhere. The general Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver won’t connect issue can be fixed by running the Network Adapter Troubleshooter feature.
Run the Network Adapter Troubleshooter
Network Adapter Troubleshooter is an automated inbuilt tool in Windows 10 which finds and fixes the common issues with the Network Adapter Settings on the computer. Also, it checks if the network adapter drivers are up to date. It scrutinizes the network adapter to report errors or issues discover. Follow these steps to run the troubleshooter:
- First of all, press “Windows Logo” + “W” keys at the same time from the keyboard.
- Here, type “Troubleshooting” in the search bar and press “Enter”.
- In the “Troubleshooting” window, click on “View All” on the left panel.
- Then, click on “Network Adapter”.
- Proceed by clicking on “Advanced” and then click on “Run as Administrator”.
- Finally, click “Next” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting process.
Note: However, after running the troubleshooter, you need to check the troubleshooting report so as to know the details of the network issue. Try out the suggestions given by the Network Adapter Troubleshooter so you can fix the Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver connection issue. Also, this fix is only valid for Windows 10 PC users due to the fact that this issue is common with Windows 10 only.
- Read Also: How to fix Wi-Fi range issues on Windows 10
Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver disconnecting
Finally, one of the Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver issues is that PC automatically disconnects from an active wireless connection. This issue can be due to corrupted network card driver. Also, the current Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver may be obsolete and incompatible with the current system.
Uninstall the Network Card
Fixing this issue requires uninstalling the current Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver and installing a newer version from Intel’s official download repository or the Windows PC manufacturer download sites. In order to uninstall the driver, follow these steps to uninstall using Device Manager:
- Click on the “Start” menu and type “Device Manager, and then hit the “Enter” key.
- In the Device Manager window, expand “Network Adaptor” and then right click on Network Card.
- Then, click on Uninstall and restart your PC.
- After you have restarted your PC, from the “Start” menu, launch the “Control Panel”
- Go to the “Programs and features” menu and click the “Uninstall a program” menu.
- From the program list, uninstall the Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver and follow the prompts.
- Download and install the latest Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver from the manufacturer’s website here.
Also, consider download and install older Intel Wireless 7260 AC driver if the latest version did not work. Make sure you download the driver from either Intel’s official download site or your PC manufacturer’s official website to prevent downloading malicious executable files.
We hope that the solutions above fixed all the Intel Wireless AC 7260 driver issues making it possible to use your Windows PC to connect to wireless networks without experiencing any technical mishap. You can comment below if you know of any solution that we did not mention.
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