How To: Change your Wi-Fi channel

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If you are living in a crowded building like an apartment complex, you might be sharing the same Wi-Fi channel with a lot of other residents. This can have a negative impact on the speed, connectivity and stability of your router’s connection. A very simple solution is to change the channel you are in so that it does not interfere with any other router in your vicinity. Note that this should only be done if you are having trouble with your connection. If everything is working fine, changing the channel might actually have adverse effects on your connection.

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First you will need to download a tool that will let you know everything about the routers in your vicinity, including the channels that they are using. The tool we will be using is called inSSIDerhttp://www.filecluster.com/Network-Tools/Network-Monitoring/Download-InSSIDer.html.  Download, install it and run it. Then, navigate to the “NETWORKS” tab and you should see a list of network connections in your vicinity. You will see a lot of information about the networks but the only thing you should care about is the channel. If you notice a lot of networks residing in the same channel as your own, then you should probably change it.

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You will need to access your router’s page. This is located in the default gateway. It usually is 192.168.1.1 but it can really be anything. To find out, open cmd and type in /ipconfig. Search for the Default Gateway numbers and enter them in your browser. You will obviously need the username and password so be sure to have them on hand. Once you are in, you will need to enter your Wireless settings and search for the channel. Now, the channel you choose is mostly up to you. The most common channels are 1, 6 and 11 but if you see a lot of people using them you will probably want something else. Remember to save the settings and you are done.