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Intel WiFi 6 AX201 Not Working [ALL FIXES] 

Learn how to fix the issue by updating network drivers, re-inserting the network card, and more.

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Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 is a wireless network adapter that supports the Wi-Fi 6 standard. In short, it’s a WiFi card for your computer and Intel WiFi 6 AX201 not working happens to people often. WiFi not working with Intel AX201 can be caused by outdated drivers or router incompatibility with Wi-Fi 6. In that case, you won’t be able to use WiFi on your laptop.

Key Takeaways
  • The Intel WiFi 6 AX201 adapter may not work correctly on your device due to outdated drivers, internet connectivity issues, and network problems. 
  • Such an issue can prevent you from accessing the internet as you won’t be able to connect to WiFi. 
  • You can solve this problem by running your internet troubleshooter, restarting the PC, updating the Intel drivers, and more. 

Method Difficulty Rating

Update Intel 
Rated: 3/10

Power Manage 
Rated: 3/10

Reset Network
Rated: 4/10

Reinstall Driver 
Rated: 3/10

Update Bluetooth
Rated: 4/10

Updating Intel WiFi 6 AX201 Driver  

Updating your obsolete driver can help you resolve this issue. It can be done by using Device Manager. While you’re at it, you might want to power cycle your network adapter, as it helps fix this issue as users on MSI forum did. This is how you can update the driver on your PC: 

  1. Go to Run Dialog: Search Device Manager in the Start Menu > hit Open or press Windows + R keys together > open the Run dialog > type devmgmt. msc, > click Ok.
    Opening Device Manager to fix Intel WiFi 6 AX201 not working error
    Open Device Manager from Run – Image Credits [Tech4Gamers]
  2. Network Adapters: Once the Device Manager is open, you need to expand Network Adapters.
    Checking properties of adapter
    Properties – Image Credits  [Tech4Gamers]
  3. Select Update Driver: Then, select the Driver tab > click on Update Driver.
    Updating drivers to fix Intel WiFi 6 AX201 not working error
    Update the network adapter’s drivers – Image Credits  [Tech4Gamers]
  4. Search Drivers: Select Search automatically for drivers.
    Updating drivers to fix Intel WiFi 6 AX201 not working error
    Search automatically for drivers – Image Credits  [Tech4Gamers]
  5. Restart PC: Once the latest driver has been installed > restart your PC.  

Change Wireless Mode and Power Management Settings

Another effective method is to adjust the wireless mode and power management settings of your PC. Bleeping Computer forum users discuss in extensive detail on how this fix can help solve the problem and steps to do that for troubleshooting the Intel WiFi 6 AX201 not working issue are:

WARNING: Ensure you follow instructions precisely when adjusting wireless mode and power management settings to avoid potential system instability or hardware damage.

  1. Open Device Manager: Search for “Device Manager” in the start menu > open it.
  2. Expand Network Devices: In Device Manager, locate and click to expand the “Network Devices” section.
    image showing drivers of wifi ax201
    Wifi 6 AX201 Drivers – (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  3. Access Wireless Card Properties: Right-click on your wireless card listed under Network Devices > select “Properties” from the context menu.
  4. Navigate to Advanced Settings: In the Properties window, select the “Advanced” tab.
    image showing advanced section of wifi ax201
    Advanced – (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  5. Change Wireless Mode: Find the option related to wireless mode settings (it might be named differently depending on your adapter) > Change the setting from “802.11a/b/g” to “5GHz 802.11a”.
  6. Disable Power Saving: If you’re using Windows 10, switch to the “Power Management” tab in the same Properties window > Uncheck the option that allows Windows 10 to turn off the wireless adapter to save power.
    Image showing power management tab in PC
    Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power – (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  7. Apply Changes and Check: Click “OK” or “Apply” to save the changes > check if the issue persists by testing your WiFi connection.

Resetting The Network Connection 

A simple solution I often use to tackle network issues is resetting the connection. Often, it can aid you in fixing internet connection problems. A network reset may clear your system of these issues, allowing it to work correctly. 

  1. Network & Internet: Press Windows + I keys together on your keyboard to open Windows Settings > click on Network & Internet > Click Network reset on the Status page.
    Resetting the network to fix Intel WiFi 6 AX201 not working error
    Perform a network reset – Image Credits  [Tech4Gamers]
  2. Restart PC: Hit Reset now so that the process will get started > Restart your PC. 

Re-Installing The Intel Driver 

Reinstalling the driver using the Device Manager is generally a more straightforward approach for fixing an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 adapter that’s not working. Users on Microsoft used this method for which you must first uninstall the driver and install it from a known website. 

Uninstalling The Driver 

First you need to uninstall the already installed driver to proceed further. To uninstall follow these steps to do that:

  1. Open Run Prompt: Open the Run prompt by pressing Windows + R keys together > type devmgmt.msc so that the Device Manager dialog box appears. 
  2. Device Manager: Go to the Device Manager > expand on Network adapters > right-click Intel WiFi 6 AX201 Driver > select Uninstall device.
    Uninstall the Intel WiFi 6 AX201 network adapter
    Uninstalling network adapter – Image Credits [Tech4Gamers]
  3. Uninstall and Restart: Tick the box in front of Delete the driver software for this device > click Uninstall > Restart your PC. 

Re-Installing The Driver 

After uninstalling, now, you can download and run the Intel Driver from Intel’s official website, or you may also go to the Microsoft Support assistant and run it on your system so that you’ll get aware of the problems with your adapter. 

Tip: This issue may also result from improperly inserting your network card. If it’s not securely in its slot, re-insert it properly or seek assistance from a hardware expert.

Updating Network Drivers & Bluetooth Drivers

You can update network drivers with a tool called Driver Booster. It will download the suitable updated drivers for your device and it worked for me by detecting and updating corrupt drivers on my PC. 

  1. Install and run: Install and run Driver Booster.
  2. Scan: Scan the outdated drivers from the downloaded application.
  3. Select WiFi: Intel Select your Intel WiFi 6 AX201 adapter > click on the Update button. 

You can try updating the Bluetooth drivers when the Intel WiFi 6 card doesn’t work. On Intel community, updating Bluetooth drivers’ method was widely praised to solve this problem.

  1. Device Manager: Open the Device Manager.
    Updating Bluetooth Drivers
    Update Bluetooth Drivers – Image Credits [Tech4Gamers]
  2. Choose Bluetooth driver: Select Bluetooth and expand it > Choose Bluetooth Driver > click on Update Driver from the mini menu.
  3. Drivers: Select Search Automatically for Drivers.

Final Thoughts 

Intel WiFi 6 AX201 not working has been reported a lot by different users on different platforms specially X as you can see below. It mostly occurs because of the driver’s issue and it is simple to solve. 

You can experiment with various methods to resolve the issue, such as updating drivers, adjusting power management settings, or switching between a wired connection and a wireless USB adapter to access the internet on your PC or laptop.

If none of these methods worked for you, it might be time to replace your network adapter as users discuss on Reddit that it can be bad card causing this all.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to fix Intel WiFi 6 AX201 hardware related problems?

Check your system for outdated Bluetooth drivers, network drivers, etc. If there’s physical damage to your network adapter, you will need to either replace it or get it fixed.

How to tell if a network adapter is faulty?

Take the network card out of your PC and insert it into another one. See if it works or not to confirm if it is faulty.

Should I replace my Intel WiFi 6 AX201 network adapter?

In this guide, we mentioned many ways to fix the network error. If they haven’t worked for you, it might be time to change your network adapter.

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