Intel Wi-Fi AX200


Keith Weisshar

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Why does my Intel Wi-Fi AX200 keep switching from 5 Ghz to 2.4 Ghz on Windows 11 23H2 while downloading a large game such as GTA V? Also while downloading the signal strength on the tray icon only has 3/4 instead of full. When I pause the download the signal strength goes back to full but the connection stays at 2.4 Ghz until I manually disconnect and reconnect to Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi driver version is 23.10.0.8.
 
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Why does my Intel Wi-Fi AX200 keep switching from 5 Ghz to 2.4 Ghz on Windows 11 23H2 while downloading a large game such as GTA V? Also while downloading the signal strength on the tray icon only has 3/4 instead of full. When I pause the download the signal strength goes back to full but the connection stays at 2.4 Ghz until I manually disconnect and reconnect to Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi driver version is 23.10.0.8.
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You need to go into the adapter driver settings in device manager and "lock out" the 2.4 ghz band.
 

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Hmmm I never knew you could do this within the driver. But in my case I set different SSIDs for the different radios and frequencies.
 

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Hmmm I never knew you could do this within the driver. But in my case I set different SSIDs for the different radios and frequencies.
My Netgear Orbi router does not let me do that.
 

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@NavyLCDR I too have a Netgear Orbi Mesh router system. I'm trying to think of why I would want to have different SSIDs for different radios and frequencies.
 
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@NavyLCDR I too have a Netgear Orbi Mesh router system. I'm trying to think of why I would want to have different SSIDs for different radios and frequencies.
For the exact reason the OP is posting about and for the exact reason why I have to go into my WiFi adapter driver settings and lock out 2.4 ghz. It would be much easier just to be able to set the WiFi adapter to connect only to the SSID that is exclusive to the 5 ghz channel.
 

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@NavyLCDR Yes, of course that makes sense. What I was thinking was why I would want that. I have devices that are both 2.5 ghz and 5 ghz. I also have family and friends that use my guest WiFi and I wouldn't want to block out any 2.5 ghz devices.

I wonder if my Netgear Orbi is any less efficient when set to use both 2.5 and 5 ghz.
 

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For the exact reason the OP is posting about and for the exact reason why I have to go into my WiFi adapter driver settings and lock out 2.4 ghz. It would be much easier just to be able to set the WiFi adapter to connect only to the SSID that is exclusive to the 5 ghz channel.
Yes. My latest router only broadcasts the Router name so no choice of bands. It leaves it to the device to connect to which band. Hence the device properties to force which band it connects to.
My old TP-Link router use to broadcast TP-LINK_4G and TP-LINK_5G and that made life a bit easier.
 

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Some routers are better at bandwidth steering or whatever it's called. Some suggest having the same SSID for all radios makes moving around inside your home better. However as mentioned some routers are better at it than others. This gets more problematic with newer 6E routers with 3 radios.
 

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Yes. My latest router only broadcasts the Router name so no choice of bands. It leaves it to the device to connect to which band. Hence the device properties to force which band it connects to.
My old TP-Link router use to broadcast TP-LINK_4G and TP-LINK_5G and that made life a bit easier.
Whats the latest one? Pretty sure most routers let you rename bands?

I’ve never had a router automatically switch a band, I assume @Keith Weisshar that you have looked in the router settings for an auto switch setting? Or would Windows override such a setting?
 

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Whats the latest one? Pretty sure most routers let you rename bands?

I’ve never had a router automatically switch a band, I assume @Keith Weisshar that you have looked in the router settings for an auto switch setting? Or would Windows override such a setting?
It doesn't broadcast the different bands by name and that's the thing. It's the device that selects the strongest signal (2.4GHz usually) but if you need to connect to 5GHz you have to change the wireless card's properties settings.
 

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It doesn't broadcast the different bands by name and that's the thing. It's the device that selects the strongest signal (2.4GHz usually) but if you need to connect to 5GHz you have to change the wireless card's properties settings.
I know you know what you’re doing, but it’s surprising there is no “Broadcast” option
 

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I know you know what you’re doing, but it’s surprising there is no “Broadcast” option
This is all it broadcasts,

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It does have the option to turn off either band in the router but then you lose that band and older devices or IOT use the 2.4 band so not really practical. Sure I could change the router or even use an Access Point but I've managed to get all the different devices connected to the bands I want.
 

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This is why I vastly prefer to use separate SSIDs with my Asus RT-AX92U mesh. Band steering is just an old hack, it is mostly obsolete, and, in most situations it creates more problems than it solves. Even when it doesn't, it still forces the non-2.4 GHz devices to rekey with every roam so there's a sacrifice.

An alternative choice that is a fairly common one would be to use a single SSID with band steering turned off. But on a phone/tablet it might not be possible to change the Preferred Band setting and the Roaming Aggressiveness setting. You could always decide to use MAC filtering in the router/mesh as a workaround, but personally, I, don't like to do that because it's tedious, and then you'd also have to turn off the phone/tablet's ability to autogenerate a random MAC. Even if you can get away with, in lieu of using the MAC filtering approach, just setting the power for 2.4 GHz to low in the router/mesh/AP(s) you might all of a sudden start to experience signal stability issues with 2.4 GHz connections, e.g., on IoT devices with weak signals that only can support 2.4 GHz. So there's another potential sacrifice.
 

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    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I've been looking around but none of the solutions will really help Keith because it involves locking in to a band, which I don't believe Keith wants to do.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

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