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The latest Intel® Proset Wireless Software for this adapter is 16.11.0. Please refer to the respective table in the article below for the specific driver version (188.8.131.52 for Windows* 7 64-bit).
If you encountered a version mismatch please uninstall of Intel® Proset Software from Programs and Features, restart the system, uninstall the driver from Device Manager, restart again, and finally, install the desired Intel® Proset Software.
Regarding the connection issue itself, I believe it is a good idea to verify some background and settings:
- Has this connection ever worked properly? (Perhaps before using Windows* 8.1) If yes, has the router or router settings changed?
- Is the computer located in a more susceptible place to (more wireless activity, walls) interference?
- You may also want to verify the router’s and wireless adapter’s security settings are properly configured. Using mixed settings such as TKIP+AES may cause similar symptoms. Intel WiFi Products; Data rate will not exceed 54 Mbps when WEP or TKIP encryption is configured
First and foremost thank you very much for your well-depicted answer.
The Intel drivers never worked really well, when running on Windows 8 (or 8.1), From time to time I experienced dropouts but not the issue I face now: terrible DL speeds when activating newsgroups. Could my internet provider have any influence on this?
Moreover, whenever I run speedtests I get an average of 10-13mbps, while my smart phone or my GF's laptop give an average of 20-22mbps. I simply don't get it why this doesn't occur to my smart phone/ her laptop?
The internet itself is indeed in a more susceptible place (no close neighbours before), but I don't understand why the other wireless wifi devices don't face these issues?
Now I finally see there is no mismatch, as I run 184.108.40.206, luckily.
Still facing dropouts from time to time, there is no denial in that and no luck in that.. I will contact my ISP to if they can see anything strange in the connection..
Will keep you posted and thanks again!