Did MSI switch WiFi chips on the Wind?
Possibly because of the nagging problems with the built-in WiFi of the MSI Wind, two new WiFi chips may have replaced the old RealTek that came with each netbook.
The Driver Download page of MSI is now offering new device drivers for 2 new RF modules:
- AzureWave (AW-NE771) 802.11 b/g/n by Atheros Communication
- RT2700E (MS-6890) 802.11 b/g/n by Ralink Technology Corp.
The old and problematic RF module was RTL8187SE (MS-6894) by Realtek Semiconductor. The good news is that newer shipments of the MSI Wind will have the faster and better ranged WiFi N draft. Bad news is that older models we already own are stuck with the Realtek chips.
To check which RF module your MSI Wind has, check the silver sticker at the back of your laptop:
You can then download the respective WiFi drivers here.