Definitions of Advanced wireless settings in wireless NIC

We have several new Dell Lattitude D610 laptops. We have problems with our wireless reliability. There are a dozen or so Advanced settings listed under the NIC configuration. I have tried to locate the function definitions for them and can not seem to find them. Does anyone here know their purpose besides just normal or default settings?

802.11h
Afterburner
Antenna Diversity
AP Compatibility Mode
Association Roam Preference
Band Preference
Bluetooth Collaboration
BSS Mode
Disable Bands
Fragmentation Threshold
IBSS 54g Protection Mode
IBSS Channel Number
IBSS Mode
Locally Administrated MAC address
Location
Minimum Power Consumption
PLCP Header
Power Save Mode
Radio Enable/Disable
Rate (802.11a)
Rate (802.11b/g)
Roam Tendency
Roaming Decision
RTS Threshold
WME
WZC Managed Ethernet
XPress (TM) Technology

Some of these are very obvious like radio enable/disable.

Thanks
Sparks
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tim_quiCommented:
Hello ftitus2,

It appears you have a dell wireless card.  I have a Latitude D600 with a dell wireless card and I found my reliabilty problems went away when I let the Dell utility manage my wireless connections instead of windows. Just right click on the signal icon and select open utility.  Check each tab for the option to let the utility manage your wireless connection.   If I were on my laptop I would give better directions.  I played around with the settings you listed in the question, however, after I had to do a clean install because of a trojan incident I just left all as is.  I have had no problems since either.  Check for the latest updates, bios, chipset, and wireless network adapter driver at Dell.
tim_quiCommented:
So basically I opted for the default settings on all of the above.
tim_quiCommented:

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rindiCommented:
Some I might be able to explain:

802.11h                                             wireless standard
Afterburner                                        a mode which should give higher speeds. This is usually manufacturer
                                                         generic and may not work if used to connect to other hardware.
Antenna Diversity                                If the adapter has two or more antennas, this would use both evenly.
AP Compatibility Mode                         Act like an access point.
Association Roam Preference               Probably it should automatically pick the AP with best signal and connect to
                                                         that
Band Preference                                 Select a preferred channel
Bluetooth Collaboration                        Probably should turn off wireless if there is a bluetooth signal and vice
                                                         versa.
BSS Mode                                          Base Station Subsystem Mode
Disable Bands                                     Don't use all the bands
Fragmentation Threshold                     A threshold when to start reacting to fragmentation
IBSS 54g Protection Mode                    The next 3 I have no idea.
IBSS Channel Number
IBSS Mode
Locally Administrated MAC address       You could give it your own mac address, to mask the actual device.
Location                                             ?
Minimum Power Consumption               Reduce the signal and use less power
PLCP Header                                       ?
Power Save Mode                                choose between different powersaving modes
Radio Enable/Disable                           On/Off Switch
Rate (802.11a)                                    select the preferred standard
Rate (802.11b/g)                                 ditto
Roam Tendency                                  select the criteria to roam
Roaming Decision                                similar as above
RTS Threshold                                    Ready to Send threshold
WME                                                  ?
WZC Managed Ethernet                        ?
XPress (TM) Technology                       ?


I agree with tim that default and using the manufacturer's utility is usually the best. I have seen better reliability with powersaving turned off.
ftitus2Author Commented:
Thanks Tim. Rindi, I would have split the points with you. I had just pushed the button to assign the points and when it refreshed your post was there. Thank you much also.
Sparks
rindiCommented:
No problem.
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