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    WiFI Auto channel

    This is a discussion on WiFI Auto channel within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; I have a Sky Hub, black version for fibre. SR102. With regards to the WiFi being on AUTO. Has anybody ...

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      WiFI Auto channel

      I have a Sky Hub, black version for fibre. SR102.

      With regards to the WiFi being on AUTO. Has anybody actually observed in the real world the router changing the WiFi channel. My experience is that on bootup it will choose a channel and I believed it just stayed there. I have had my router manually set to channel 1, but I have just changed it back to AUTO and wondered if it will actually do anything.

      On Auto, say it boots up on and connects on channel 1. If there is some interference on channel 1 will it switch channel to say 6. Or does that require a reboot?

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      Re: WiFI Auto channel

      I wasn't involved in the Beta group with the SR102, but I was with the SR101. Previously I had always manually set the WiFi channel myself but we were specifically asked to set it to auto during the test.

      Yes I did notice that the channel started most often on Channel 1, but it did change a handful of times or so.

      Generally speaking a router should only change the channel when there is a need. Most of the time the channels being used in any local area aren't going to change that often. Since the interference from non-WiFi devices tends to be the same for a period of time, once more this mean that the channel should change too often.

      So yes, to answer your question, the router can and does change to one of the other channels if required. Whether it picks 1, 6, 11 or 13 depends on what it sees around it.

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