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Intel DRS updates

Hello World,

In July 2017 Russian authorities have expanded the bandwidth for ac frequency allowed for use by public.

from: •Frequency band: (2400 – 2483,5) or/& (5150 - 5350 & 5650 - 5725) MHz

To: •Frequency band: (2400 – 2483,5) or/& (5150 - 5350 & 5650 - 5850) MHz

1) When will this be reflected in existing adapter connections? (Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265, 8260, 8265)

2) Is there a special update to be installed or it will happen automatically?

3) How is this update going to happen? (new driver? new firmware? special update?)

4) Do I have to change the exising module\s?

For reference: https://blogs.intel.com/technology/2015/01/intel-drs-wi-fi-trouble-international-travelers/ Intel® DRS — No More Wi-Fi Trouble For International Travelers

Thank you!

Peter

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Re: Intel DRS updates

Hello p.datii,

Thank you for joining the Intel® community.

In order to assist you with this matter, I will move your thread to the Wireless Networking community.

Regards,

Amy C.

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Re: Intel DRS updates

Hello p.datii,

The channels that can be used by the Intel® Wireless Adapters are defined by international standards and country rules. As you know, some of these wireless frequencies are still regulated in most countries around the world. For this reason, the available channels in your PC depend on the regulations of the country it was meant to be used and the configuration from the Computer Manufacturer. Intel does not have a way to override the OEM configuration.

 

 

We can advise you to check with your http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/topics/OEMs.html Computer Manufacturer Support, they will let you know which channels can be used by your PC, and if they have a way to change this.

As per Intel® DRS, our generic Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Wi-Fi Drivers, which are provided for worldwide use, will not reflect this change.

Best regards,

 

Carlos A.

 

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Re: Intel DRS updates

Dear Carlos,

thank you for the clarifications.

Unfortunately, this does not get me any closer to understanding how the DRS works\should work and how it should be updated with new regulations..

As an example:

I have a latop with the following card:

Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265

The channels advertised by the manufacturer are:

IEEE802.11a / IEEE802.11n / IEEE802.11ac :

Channels

36 / 40 / 44 / 48 / : W52

52 / 56 / 60 / 64 / : W53

100 / 104 / 108 / 112 / 116 / 120 / 124 / 128 / 132 / 136 / 140 / :W56

144/ => for EU

149 / 153 / 157 / 161 / 165 => for EU

Frequecies:

5 GHz Band : 5180MHz-5320MHz, 5500MHz-5825MHz(EU)

To current Russian frequecy is more narrow then the EU one and has less available channels (5650 vs 5500MHz)

Having in mind the old regulation (5150 - 5350 & 5650 - 5725) - how will the expansion work from DRS side?

Only on newly released modules?

Is DRS dynamic (updated over time) or it will have the same regulation information as it had when it was released?

Thank you!

Peter

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Re: Intel DRS updates

Information from Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 datasheet (https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/dual-band-wireless-ac-82... https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/dual-band-wireless-ac-82... )

Can anyone please explain this part: "Future regulatory changes are easily managed during the product lifecycle."

How exactly are they managed?

Is there a change-log or an advertisment on what changes are to be made and when?

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/dual-band-wireless-ac-82...

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Re: Intel DRS updates

Hello p.datii,

 

 

These are great questions. Please bear with us while we verify our response for you.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Carlos A.
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Re: Intel DRS updates

Dear Carlos,

is there any update?

Thanks and regards,

Peter

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Re: Intel DRS updates

Hello p.datii,

 

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

 

According to our engineers this frequencies are already supported with passive scan, please make sure that you're using the latest PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for your adapters:

 

 

- https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking/000005559.html Download the Latest Driver for Your Intel® Wireless Adapter

 

 

Best regards,

 

Carlos A.
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Re: Intel DRS updates

Dear Carlos,

Thank you for your support.

for my understanding:

- The changes to DRS frequencies are managed and updated by PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers. Correct?

- Is there a public change-log that would reflect the changes?

Thanks and regards,

Peter

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Re: Intel DRS updates

Hello Peter,

 

 

- You're correct. When a local DRS policy is updated, this change is implemented on supported adapters via an Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers update.

 

- Not at this time. Currently, our wireless driver release notes only provide information on the key issues fixed, not a complete changelog.

 

 

Please let us know if you have any further questions or if there's anything else we may help you with.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Carlos A.
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Re: Intel DRS updates

Dear Carlos,

thank you for your help.

Case closed. However, please consider having a public change-log for the frequencies.

Thanks and regards,

Peter

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Re: Intel DRS updates

Hello Peter,

 

 

You're welcome, and thank you for your feedback feedback. I'll make sure to pass it along.

 

 

If there is anything else we can help you with, please don't hesitate to contact us again.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Carlos A.
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