Boost and Increase Wireless Adapter Signal Strength and Speed for Laptops

Updated: October 11, 2016 / Home » Tutorials » Wireless Optimization & Tips

How to boost and increase your wireless signal strength and speed for your laptop or desktop wireless card? If you happened to own an intel PRO Wireless or any other branded wireless receiver, you have the ability to enhance your wireless signal receiving range. Based on my experience, modifying these values is not possible with a cheaper brand-less wireless adapter.

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Boost and Increase Wireless Network Signal Strength and Speed

Boost and Increase Wireless Network Signal Strength and Speed

  • Step 1 – Search for ‘Device Manager’
  • Step 2 – Select ‘Device Manager’
  • Step 3 – Under Device Manager, look for your Wireless Card (Mine is Intel, yours could be different). Double click on your Wireless card.

Boost And Increase Wireless Network Signal Strength And Speed

  • Step 4 – A new window will appear, go to ‘Advanced’ tab
  • Step 5 – Select ‘Roaming Aggressiveness’
  • Step 6 – Under the Value, select ‘Highest’. This setting allows you to define how aggressively your wireless client roams to improve connection to an access point.

Boost and Increase Wireless Network Signal Strength and Speed

  • Step 7 – Select ‘Throughput Enhancement’,
  • Step 8 – Set the value to ‘enable’. Throughput Enhancement – Enhance the transmit throughput by enabling packet bursting.

When you’re done, hit ‘ok’ and save the settings. If you’re running Microsoft Windows 7, watch the video below I created.

When the Intel Throughput Enhancement feature is enabled, the wireless adapter may transmit using the Short Interframe Space (SIFS) interval between packets instead of waiting for the expiration of the Distributed Coordination Function Interframe Space (DIFS) and additional random back-off time. The shorter wait time results in better throughput of the wireless medium.

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17 comments on “Boost and Increase Wireless Adapter Signal Strength and Speed for Laptops

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    Thank you for the information but I have Windows Vista how do I do it with Windows Vista?

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      Varun Krish [ Reply ]

      Guide Simple tweaks to boost your wireless signal strength

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    webdesign pakistan [ Reply ]

    Afnan device manager is always there in every window. I have windows 7 and its working fine with it. However @WRITER please tell me that will it consume more battery or not? Because i keep on changing these settings regularly and check the ping again and again (testing) that what settings works best.

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    how to switch over to these settings in iball baton 300n m external receiver?

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    Howling [ Reply ]

    How to Improve Low Wireless Signals on Adapters.

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    Samara Lynn [ Reply ]

    BearExtender PC Long Range 802.11n USB WiFi Booster An affordable, adapter that connects via USB to a laptop to extend a 2.4 GHz signal

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    Joshua M. [ Reply ]

    There is no Throughput Enhancement feature on my Windows 8.1 laptop. What would I do then?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      If this feature is not available, try updating the driver. If that doesn’t work, perhaps this feature is only available for intel powered wifi chipset.

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    Aditya [ Reply ]

    Thanx a lot !! :D

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    How to check at what tx power is Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN operating ? I am looking for the tx power value but unable to find it under device properties in the device manager.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      TX Power features is not available in all intel chips, it depends on the regulation of the country, laptop heat absorbtion capability and etc.

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        I do not want any such feature. I just need to know the value. In linux giving the command ‘iwconfig wlan0’ displays the value of wireless card’s tx power. How do I find the value in windows if its not shown in device properties?

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    aquila [ Reply ]

    thanks for the information i have been able to set the speed to the highest, but my problem is i can’t locate the ‘Throughput Enhancement’,
    i am using
    Ralink RT5390R 802.11bgn WiFi adapter
    windows 10
    pc: hp envy dv6

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      depending on your Wifi chipset, this feature is available for intel chipset only, not all wifi chipset are made by intel.

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        aquila [ Reply ]

        my has multimedia/gaming environment, does it in anyway relate to the throughput enhancement?

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