How to Set a Wireless Channel

by Matthew Schieltz

Improving a WiFi's Internet connection strength or signal is often the reason for setting a wireless channel to a channel other than the default. Many routers, such as home WiFi routers, use the 2.4 Gigahertz range when emitting wireless signals. Unfortunately, this is the channel of many other common household products. However, WiFi routers do come with usually up to 11 channels that you can try to set in an attempt to improve your Internet connection.

Type your wireless router's IP address into the address bar of your Internet browser. Press "Enter". Home wireless routers use IP addresses reserved for private networking, many of which are similar to "192.168.1.1." Enter the administrator's username and password to enter the router's configuration page. Click "OK."

Click on the "Wireless" section of the router's administration page. Go to the Wireless sub-section, which allows you to change basic wireless settings, such as setting the channel.

Find the section labeled "Wireless Channel." Most router configuration pages contain a drop-down menu of wireless channel options which you can set to use for your Internet connection. Select a channel number from the Wireless Channel drop-down menu. Save your settings when finished.

Test your Internet connection to determine if any interference exists on the wireless channel you set. Look for network timeouts, poor signal strength, slow-loading Internet pages and general poor performances of your connection. Switch to a different wireless channel if necessary.

Tips

  • check Set your router to operate on a wireless channel that is furthest from channel 6, which is the default of most home routers; doing so may help you experience less interference from neighbors' WiFi devices.
  • check Change your WiFi channel if you are experiencing interference from household products, such as cordless phones, microwave ovens, and baby monitors.
  • check Try changing your router's wireless antenna or moving the router to a more central location in the building as an alternative to improving your WiFi signal and connection.

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About the Author

Matthew Schieltz has been a freelance web writer since August 2006, and has experience writing a variety of informational articles, how-to guides, website and e-book content for organizations such as Demand Studios. Schieltz holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He plans to pursue graduate school in clinical psychology.

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