Change WiFi Roaming Sensitivity to improve Wi-Fi reception & performance

If you wish to improve the Wi-Fi reception and performance on your Windows PC,  you may want to consider changing the WiFi Roaming Sensitivity or Aggressiveness. Roaming Sensitivity is the rate at which your device selects and switches to the nearest available point of access, offering a better signal. It is based on signal strength and quality – and not on the distance to the WiFi point.

Intel products use the term Roaming Aggressiveness, whereas Ralink and some others use Roaming Sensitivity. But they basically mean the same.

If you are receiving a poor WiFi performance you should configure the wireless network adapter to use the Maximum Performance setting. You could also try updating your network adapter drivers to their latest version and see if that helps you. These tips to increase WiFi speed & and coverage area and how to improve Wireless Network Signal may also help you.

WiFi Roaming Sensitivity or Aggressiveness

If you are facing poor Wi-Fi reception you may also change the WiFi Roaming Sensitivity or Aggressiveness to improve Wi-Fi reception & performance and see it that works for you.

To configure the WiFi Roaming Sensitivity, in Windows 10, open the WinX Menu by right-clicking on the Start and selecting Device Manager.

ExpamdNetwork adapters and identify your WiFi or wireless device.  Double-click on the entry to open its Properties box.

Now under the Advanced tab, scroll down the Property list till you see Roaming Aggressiveness or Roaming Sensitivity.

Next, under the Value drop-down,you will see the following options:

  1. Lowest: Your device will not roam.
  2. Medium-Low: Roaming is allowed.
  3. Medium: It is a balanced setting between roaming and performance.
  4. Medium-High: Roaming is more frequent.
  5. Highest: Device continuously tracks the WiFi quality. If any degradation occurs, it tries to find and roam to a better access point.

Select Medium-High or High. to improve your Wi-Fi performance.

WiFi Roaming Sensitivity or Aggressiveness

Click on OK and exit.

Let us know if this makes a difference.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

7 Comments

  1. Robert Palmar

    Excellent tip. I have not noticed any issues on my setup but this is good to know.
    Related to this I did notice improved Wi-Fi performance as a side effect of
    changing the computer power option setting to high performance.

  2. mlauzon

    What if that option is not available? Which it isn’t on mine.

  3. Damian

    You are probably using the default driver. You need to update the driver from the manufacturer’s website.

  4. mlauzon

    I am not using the default driver.

  5. Xavi Vilar

    It doesn’t work for me! Realtek latest driver, Roaming Aggressiveness to highest, I can see in wifi network status that the signal goes down and down, and I’ve another wireless network with stronger signal, and it doesn’t change! (windows10)

  6. Puru Singh

    What if I am using mobile wifi hotspot? Will tinkering roaming aggressiveness improve the signal?

  7. peter93

    this makes no sense. if you are having wi-fi disconnects you would want the lowest roaming not the highest!

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