Thank you so much for responding to my question. I am currently using driver: 126.96.36.199. This is the one I have been using since I have updated to Windows 8. Previously, the network card had been working great with no problems, until a few weeks ago. I am currently testing it on my secured internet. No other devices around the household have been experiencing any issues with communicating with the router. For other OS's, I do not have any other ones on my computer currently.
something you can try if you haven't already, is to uninstall not only the Intel(R) PROSet wireless/WiFi software, but also the actual driver for it, the drivers you would uninstall from device manager, (open the Windows 8 side bar, click on search and type device manager) do not restart after the uninstall, load the drivers you downloaded earlier, connect to your network, you will need to allow it a moment and select home work or public to gain Internet access.