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Intel ProSet / Advanced NIC functionality options gone (Flow Control, Interrupt Moderation)


Hi all. I have an Advanced-N 6205 Wireless NIC for my desktop pc. I used to have a bunch of Intel Proset advanced options that I could edit for it, such as flow control, IPv4 settings, cache settings, a whole bunch of stuff. Somehow in the process of updating drivers for this card, I lost all of that and instead got some lame and useless Wifi "suite" software to connect to networks easier (as if windows wifi settings didn't already make it so a lobotomy patient could get on a wifi network).

Any idea on why I lost all these settings, or what software I should install to get them back? I just installed the latest Intel wifi software and it gave me nothing except the crap suite, none of my advanced options are there.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/200VNel.png[/img] http://i.imgur.com/200VNel.png[/img]

I used to have a ton of options, now all I have are these seemingly default, mostly useless ones.

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Hi LarryHelpo, the settings that you see in the screenshot you shared are the ones that are usually available after installing the drivers. Most of them are listed in the article, while others are reserved for the new series of wireless adapters.

http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wlan/sb/CS-025393.htm Intel® Wi-Fi Products — What Are the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings?

There is the option to access IPv4 settings from Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center, Change Adapter Settings. Right click in the Wireless Network Connection associated with the Intel® wireless adapter and click properties; then you can double click Internet Protocl Version 4.

Besides these options, the other ones you may be able to find are available from the Intel® PROSet Wireless Software, more specifically within the Administrator Tool, if it was selected to be installed.

http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wlan/sb/CS-031762.htm Intel® Wi-Fi Products — Intel® PROSet/Wireless Enterprise Software

http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wlan/sb/CS-025785.htm Intel® Wi-Fi Products — Accessing the Administrator Tool

I believe the other options you are missing, such as "Flow Control" and others, belong to the wired network adapter instead of the wireless one. If this is correct, the cause may be related to a virtualization or remote access software.


How would I check for virtualization or remote access software?

I used to have all these advanced options and they're just gone now, is there a specific software I can install to have the IPv4 offload / flow control / Interruption Moderation settings back for this wifi adapter?

The IPv4 settings you mentioned aren't the ones I'm referring to. I specifically had IPv4 offloading options amongst a ton of other options that are all simply gone now.

To be honest the only reason I'm even using Wifi is because I somehow get worse connectivity over ethernet. I get a bizarre half second delay in every game no matter what if I use onboard wired connection.


EDIT: okay, so I did a bit of poking around and I found this article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574151.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574151.aspx that pretty much lists all the commands I was talking about.

from the article:

Performance Tuning for Low Latency Packet Processing

Many network adapters provide options to optimize operating system-induced latency. Latency is the elapsed time between the network driver processing an incoming packet and the network driver sending the packet back. This time is usually measured in microseconds. For comparison, the transmission time for packet transmissions over long distances is usually measured in milliseconds (an order of magnitude larger). This tuning will not reduce the time a packet spends in transit.

Following are some performance tuning suggestions for microsecond-sensitive networks.

  • Set the computer BIOS to High Performance, with C-states disabled. However, note that this is system and BIOS dependent, and some systems will provide higher performance if the operating system controls power management. You can check and adjust your power management settings from Control Panel or by using the powercfg command. For more information, see http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc748940%28v=WS.10%29.aspx Powercfg Command-Line Options



  • Set the operating system power management profile to High Performance System. Note that this will not work properly if the system BIOS has been set to disable operating system control of power management.



  • Enable Static Offloads, for example, UDP Checksums, TCP Checksums, and Send Large Offload (LSO).



  • Enable RSS if the traffic is multi-streamed, such as high-volume multicast receive.



  • Disable the Interrupt Moderation setting for network card drivers that require the lowest possible latency. Remember, this can use more CPU time and it represents a tradeoff.



  • Handle network adapter interrupts and DPCs on a core processor that shares CPU cache with the core that is being used by the program (user thread) that is handling the packet. CPU affinity tuning can be used to direct a process to certain logical processors in conjunction with RSS configuration to accomplish this. Using the same core for the interrupt, DPC, and user mode thread exhibits worse performance as load increases because the ISR, DPC, and thread contend for the use of the core.

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so, these options here, I used to have all of them for my wifi card but they're all gone now. is there any way to edit these through a command prompt or is there a specific intel tool I can install to edit them?


I have double checked the options you are looking are only available through wired network adapters. Wireless network adapters do not include such settings.

You may want to check if you have installed any remote desktop software (for remote access) or virtualization software (used to install a virtual operating system within the host operating system). Please refer to the following articles:

http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/CS-025841.htm Network Connectivity — Advanced Settings for Intel® Ethernet 10/100 and Gigabit Adapters

http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/CS-030604.htm Network Connectivity — Intel® PROSet Configuration Tabs are Missing

http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/CS-020166.htm Network Connectivity — Intel® PROSet for Device Manager tabs are not visible through Remote Connections