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

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 8, 2022
Updated 2022/01/08 at 1:54 PM

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

Intel has released a new driver pack for Windows 10 and Windows 11. The drivers were released earlier this week and have just started rolling out for users running the Intel Assistant Tool in the background. The new version emphasizes the quality of the wireless network.

Unlike the previous driver update, which fixed bugs related to the Blue Screen of Death and other freezes, Intel is focusing on the connectivity issues with today’s update. According to 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 updates to Intel drivers are initially offered through the company’s update tool. The new drivers are not available to everyone and the chipmaker will start pushing the driver to more devices or configurations in the coming weeks once the driver has been tested on newer hardware.

Wi-Fi Driver Change Log

Intel says the latest Wi-Fi driver for Windows 10 and Windows 11 fixes a bug that causes the Wi-Fi connection timeout to time out. This can occur due to the access point’s channel change request.

Another bug where some wireless adapters might not connect to the 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 22.100.1 software includes functional and security fixes, and the company says users should update to the latest version as soon as possible.

Intel is deploying 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 Device Manager, select and the “Network Adapters” branch. If your device adapter is listed in the list above, you will be able to apply new drivers to your system.

Bluetooth driver change log

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

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

How to get the intel 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 the drivers yourself.

Microsoft and Intel will also be releasing these discs via Windows Update in the coming months, but that will be entirely up to your OEM.

Depending on your OEM, automatic deployment may take a while. Fortunately, Intel has created a simple tool that makes it easy for you to download drivers.

To get the new driver updates, follow these steps:

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

As we mentioned at the start, full driver deployment can take up to a few weeks and they may not show up in Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA).

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

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