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SSyno
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Drivers for Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Card?

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Just put a new system together and installed an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 in it. Used Windows 8 Pro. x64. I cannot find drivers for the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260.

Anyone know where I can get drivers for this card? I purchased the card from Provantage.

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DElli7
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I just answered my own question.

I moved the Intel 7260ac to the WWAN and I was able to get both Bluetooth & WiFi to work.

Unfortunately, if your computer doesn't have WWAN, then only the WiFi will work in the WLAN. Bluetooth will NOT work.

The normal Intel drivers for Win 8 x64 work just fine.

wface
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Hey, awesome! The rc2 kernel is running the 7260 and the edgers nVidia .deb seems to be living in my system quite happily. It's only been an hour or so but no issues including a reboot to test.

I mentioned before that I was seeing 300 Mb/s, the last time I got it working. This time around, it was 150 Mb/s. I set my router back to 20/40/80 and connection speed went back to 300 Mb/s. So taking the router out of AC mode doubles my speed. Keeping in mind that my PCI subsystem can easily handle my GTX 460M and the full 866 Mb/s the 7260 claims, I suspect my internal antenna is not up to the task of full speed AC with this card. Or any card for that matter. Since all of my hardware is capable of full speed AC and my antenna is the only unknown in the equation, I'm going to replace it. It's probably about time took my laptop apart to clean the heat radiators anyway. Anyone else that's stuck at less MB/s than they should be may want to consider replacing their antenna too.

On a side note: the error I mentioned in my last post that I couldn't find and the one I posted turned out to be one and the same. Doh! This leads me to believe that the rest of you having Bluetooth problems are having a driver issue and not a hardware issue.

PShu1
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Thinkpad T510, win7/x64 & Sager win7 driver (16.1.0.14), dewhitelisted bios: wifi only when the 7260 is in the wifi mpcie slot. (Bluetooth also worked with win7 and the win8 driver--which may not have been doing anything at all in this laptop--but, then, of course, no wifi.) Somewhere along the way, the Bluetooth entries disappeared from the device manager while the wifi continued to work.

 

I tried the 7260 in the WWAN slot. No wifi, just Bluetooth--and the Bluetooth reappeared in the device manager under Bluetooth Radios and Network Adapters. So, I moved the 7260 back to the wifi mpcie slot. No wifi, just Bluetooth (with generic MS drivers). Disabling the Bluetooth radio and disabling/enabling the 7260 (as a network adapter) restored the wifi.

 

Throughout, the Bluetooth never showed up in the BIOS device listing.

 

 

As others have reported, it appears that the 7260 will only work in one mode at a time with some computers.

 

 

I suspect this all has something to do with the Lenovo BIOS and the fact that the T510 has a separate Bluetooth (Broadcom) daughter card with its own slot on the motherboard. It also seems, as others have reported, that there is something peculiar to Windows 7 with regards to the disappearance and appearance of the Bluetooth in the Device Manager.

Lenovo has posted their version of win7 drivers for the 7260. http://support.lenovo.com/en_JP/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS036171 Bluetooth Driver (Intel, CyberTan, Liteon) for Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) - IdeaPad U330p, U330 Touch, U430 Touch. Ver. 16.1.0.13. The release notes are not clear to me if they are indeed win7 compatible, however, the INF file looks ok for win7. I have not tried them yet--I am still running the Sager drivers.

wface
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I've updated my ASUS RT-AC66U Merlin's asus-wrt 372 firmware. I'm running at 300 Mb/s in AC mode (80 MHz only). I still thinks it's the antenna, though.

FYI: someone else mentioned having the RT-AC66R. It's the exact same router. The R simply indicates that it's from Best Buy. The firmware I'm using will run on that just as well as on the U version.

WBear1
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Don't be too quick to replace the antenna. Do some file transfer testing first. I've noticed on mine that Linux will never display more than 300, but looking on the router side I get a link speed anywhere up to 866 to the laptop. (FWIW, Windows will display rates higher than 300) Transferring a file, according to the router, the link speed hovers around 500 (it usually tells me 468, 526.5, or 585). Linux will still say 300 but I get transfer speeds that would seem to be in excess of the capability of 802.11n (25MB/sec). Yeah that's about 200mbps throughput but wifi doesn't usually have that high of efficiency so I'm inclined to think that AC mode is working properly and Linux utilities need to be updated to display rates properly.

Another part of the reason I think this is the case: you said you forced an 80mhz channel. That means you're forcing AC mode only. If you look at this MCS table, there's no 300mbps rate for any configuration of 1 or 2 spatial streams on an 80mhz wide channel. I think Linux doesn't know what's going on :)

http://www.aerohive.com/pdfs/Blog/MCS_Chart_802.11ac_v.06.html

DBoul1
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I finally decided to try the card with the drivers from Sager. What the hell, if it didn't work, I'd have to uninstall them. It was dangerous and I'd never normally think about doing it, but I've been tired of this. The drivers installed with no problem. It's working on windows 7. The card is not recognized as an Intel card, but I suspect Intel will release the official drivers some time soon. I also got WiDi working! WiDi wasn't installed on my laptop, but I managed to do the install myself. Then Intel released a driver update and WiDi broke. I haven't been able to get it working until now. I hate wires. Almost all the USB ports broke on my last laptop and I've killed too many HDMI cables. This technology is just working now--the way it should.

Now I get to see if this card stays connected as there have been reports that it'll just drop the connection.

I've lost a lot of faith in Intel products with the release of the card but not the drivers when they said it would work with Win7, Win8 and Linux. It's like buying a car with no engine and the car company telling you that it's the dealership's problem--take it back to the dealership and tell them that you didn't get an engine. This is a serious WTF moment!

wface
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I've been using mine all day and no connection issues at all. My gut tells me that the cards (most anyway) are fine. It's that the drivers are nowhere near ready. It's my position that Intel should have delayed releasing these until they had thoroughly tested and working drivers. Or advanced beta drivers, at the very least. That's my take, anyway. Intel just wasn't ready and decided to dump the problem in someone else's lap.

PShu1
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Turned on my T510 (win7, 7260 w/sager driver--16.1.0.14) this morning and noticed a Bluetooth icon had appeared in the system tray. After my last post here it was nowhere to be seen. Checked the device manager (screenshot below) and there are entries under radios and network adapters. All are enabled and active. The corresponding drivers are all MS drivers.

Bluetooth checked out with my phone--which does not have drivers (thank you Samsung...) and I have wifi, too; both are now working at the same time. I haven't checked the BIOS, yet, but I haven't changed anything there either so I don't expect to see a Bluetooth entry.

The Intel Proset v3 Bluetooth drivers are installed, but win7 does makes no reference to them in the device properties.

I can't explain what is going on and wonder how long it will be before they disappear.

wface
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You get a Windows update?

Also, keep in mind that modern Windows versions can and occasionally do access and change BIOS settings. I think this started with Vista, if memory serves.

PShu1
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If there are any changes to the BIOS (I was not aware that windows could do this--are you sure?), I can't see them. There is still no entry for Bluetooth. All references to Bluetooth in win7, e.g. device manager, are generic MS; there is no entry for an INTEL Bluetooth card.

wface
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Oh yes, quite sure. Here's a link about 8 doing it. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-access-the-bios-on-a-windows-8-computer/ http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-access-the-bios-on-a-windows-8-computer/

That's more about userland than low level access but it illustrates my point. My understanding is that Windows can access the BIOS or UEFI/BIOS whenever it wants and change anything it likes.

There are numerous search hits on Vista 86'ing the BIOS with Windows updates.

tvete
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I think I'm having a driver issue with the Intel Dual Band

 

Wireless-N 7260. The driver version is 16.1.0.14 which is the only driver for

 

Windows 7 at the moment. Frequently, but not all the time, when I click on the

 

Windows 7 access point list, I get all of the 2.4 GHz band right away, but the

 

5 GHz band takes 5 - 10 seconds to appear on the list. Are you guys having this

 

problem? So far, no speed or drop issues with the 2.4 GHz band. My router is

 

only 2.4 GHz so I can't test the stability at 5 GHz.

See this link for the picture: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9379658261_1a76c2dd97_o_d.jpg http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9379658261_1a76c2dd97_o_d.jpg

PShu1
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As far as I know my T510 does not support UEFI and the BIOS must be accessed via legacy methods. I'm betting that my BIOS is unchanged. Interesting stuff, though; thanks for the heads up.

PShu1
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I have seen this happen with my laptop, but have had no problems yet connecting at 5Ghz. Stability has been ok, too.

tvete
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Thanks for your response. It's my first ever dual band wireless adapter so I'm not sure if the situation only happens in my laptop. I guess there must be something prioritizing the 2.4 GHz band although the preferred band is set to "1. No Preference" on the advanced settings. My laptop used to have the broadcom 802.11b/g and recently our Internet plan was upgraded to 30 Mbps download plan, but I could never get the full speed due to the wireless G limitation. BTW, the router is N150 and with this Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 adapter, I get on average 72 - 144 Mbps (most stays at 130-144) plus the full internet speed. No drops ever occured yet with my connection from the router so I'm very satisfied with this adapter.
wface
Beginner
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Since your router is 2.4 only, I assume you're using neighboring signals to gauge 5 GHz. Have you considered that they may be some distance away? It may simply be taking a bit to scan signals that are on the edge of your laptop's broadcast range.

Anyway, to answer your question. No, I haven't had this problem. However, I have occasionally seen it on 5 GHz with my ASUS USB-N53 wireless dongle.

ROwen2
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Hello everyone. I have been using this adapter in my HP laptop for a couple of weeks with both Win 7 and Linux mainline kernels. I just thought I would report after my last few posts. The cards are still working with no noticeable issues.

Loving this card.

tvete
Valued Contributor II
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Yes, I'm looking at my neighbor's 5 GHz band. From what I read, the 5 GHz doesn't penetrate the walls as good as 2.4 GHz. Maybe there's the wall interference that leads to the adapter having a hard time picking up the 5 GHz band from my neighbors.

wface
Beginner
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It's a series of radio waves. Radio is made up of photons*, At 5 GHz, the waves are closer together than 2.4 Like this ||||||| instead of like | | | | | | | Therefore there is more of a chance the photons will collide with atoms and stuff in a wall, scatter off, and result in a weaker, less stable signal. I read a bunch of geekspeak on how they supposedly found a way to counter the effect but it gets to a point where you simply can't argue with particle physics.

* Radio, Microwave, UV, Gamma, etc, all photons and it's all light at various "strengths". A very simplified way of looking at it.

JBurw
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August 3rd, still no Win7 drivers. Sad.