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Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260 Problem

I bought this PCIe card to use in my Windows 7 64-bit computer in order to connect to my Wireless ac router (Apple Airport Extreme 802.11ac). The computer will connect just fine to my network, but only as a 802.11 N client.

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make it connect 802.11ac. I have the latest drivers from the Intel support site installed and have tried the Intel Proset software as well as the Windows 7 networking.

When using the Windows 7 advanced wireless adapter configuration, all 802.11 a, b, g, b&g and so on are offered as options but not ac.

Any suggestions?


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  1. Try setting up the router as ac only and then when you connect, it can only connect as ac.
  2. RealBeast said:
    Try setting up the router as ac only and then when you connect, it can only connect as ac.

    I'll try that to see if it works. It would be a temporary solution, however, since most of the clients in the house that connect to the router are b/g/n.


  3. See if you can set up the 5GHz as ac and the 2.4GHz as N in the router.
  4. Mark,
    Did you ever figure this out? I have the same adapter and the same questions! Did you find a way to confirm that you are connected via AC?
  5. Best answer
    Yes, I solved it by returning the PCI wireless adapter and buying a 802.11ac USB 3.0 adapter. The driver software will allow you to specify its using the 802.11ac radio. With the PCI adapter, this was not the case - wireless ac was not even a choice. Here's what I got and it works perfectly:

    Edimax Wireless AC1200 Dual Band USB 3.0 Adapter (EW-7822UAC), which I purchased from Amazon.

  6. Mark,
    Interesting. Thanks for the information. I am not quite ready to give up on the AC 7260 just yet so I will continue to search. I feel like there is just one piece of the puzzle missing, but even after 30+ years of PC use, I am still woefully ignorant regarding networking and wireless in particular.
  7. Hi there, I have successfully connected to my router via 802.11ac

    I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and my router is a ASUS RT-AC68U.

    Driver version is 17.0.3 which can be downloaded via the link below.


    The following settings allows me to connect at 866 Mbps.

    802.11n Channel Width for 2.4 GHz : Auto
    802.11n Channel Width for 5.2 GHz : Auto
    Ad Hoc Channel 802.11b/g : 1
    Ad Hoc QoS Mode : WMM Disabled
    ARP offload for WoWLAN : Enabled
    Bluetooth(R) AMP : Enabled
    Fat Channel Intolerant : Disabled
    GTK rekeying for WoWLAN : Enabled
    HT Mode : VHT Mode
    Mixed Mode Protection : CTS-to-self Enabled
    NS offload for WoWLAN : Enabled
    Preferred Band : 1. No Preference
    Roaming Aggressiveness : 5. Highest
    Sleep on WoWLAN Disconnect : Disabled
    Transmit Power : 5. Highest
    U-APSD support : Enabled
    Wake on Magic Packet : Enabled
    Wake on Pattern Match : Enabled
    Wireless Mode : 6. 802.11a/b/g

    I hope they work for you too.


    Charlie Elliott
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