Intel update improves WiFi & Bluetooth quality on Windows 11, Windows 10

Windows 11 Intel driver update

Intel has published a new set of drivers for Windows 10 and
Windows 11. The drivers were published earlier this week and
have just started rolling out to users running Intel’s
assistant tool in the background. The focus of the new release
is on wireless network quality.

Unlike the previous driver update, which addressed bugs related
to Blue Screen of Death and other deadlocks, Intel is focusing
on connectivity issues with today’s update. As per the
changelog, this is the first release that includes fixes for
Intel’s new product category (Wi-Fi 6E AX411).

It’s also worth pointing out that Intel drivers updates are
initially offered via the company’s update tool. The new
drivers are not available for everyone and the chipmaker will
begin pushing the driver to more devices or configurations in
the coming weeks once the driver has been tested on newer
hardware.

Wi-Fi driver changelog

Intel says the latest Wi-Fi driver for Windows 10 and Windows
11 addresses a bug that causes Wi-Fi connection timeout. This
can happen due to the Access Point channel switch request.

Another bug where some wireless adapters may not connect to
WPA/AES wireless profile has been fixed in this release. Intel
has also enabled support for Windows 11 in the company’s
PROSet/Wireless Software.

Intel PROSet/Wireless Software 22.100.1 includes functional and
security fixes, and the company says users should update to the
latest version as soon as possible.

Intel is rolling out the driver update for the following
adapters:

  • AX201, AX200, 9560, 9260, 9462, 9461
  • 8265 and 8260.
  • 7265, 3165 and 3168.

As always, only supported hardware will receive the update. To
check eligibility, open the Device Manager, select and the
“Network adapters” branch. If your device adapter is listed in
the above list, you’ll be able to apply new drivers to your
system.

Bluetooth driver changelog

Intel has fixed an issue where low sound quality could be
observed when using certain Bluetooth soundbars during a voice
call. Another bug that affects the music streaming quality of
certain AAC headsets.

According to the release notes, Bluetooth driver has also been
updated to include functional and security updates.

How to get the update

Windows 10 or Windows 11 allows you to manage your device
drivers. If you don’t like Windows Update, you can use Device
Manager and Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant tool to deploy
drivers on your own.

Microsoft and Intel will also release these drive through
Windows Update in the coming months, but this will entirely
depend on your OEM.

Intel Driver Assistant Tool

Depending on your OEM, automatic rollout can take some time.
Fortunately, Intel has created a simple tool that lets you
download the drivers easily.

To get the new driver updates, follow these steps:

  • Install and run Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA)
    tool from here.
  • Open the Update Assistant tool and complete the setup.
  • Open Intel’s update tool from the system tray and check for
    updates.

As we mentioned at the outset, drivers can take up to a couple
of weeks to fully roll out and they may not appear in Intel
Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA).

If you don’t see the driver update when you run Intel’s
Assistant, you can also manually download the driver packages.

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