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    Changing the "channel" really made a difference!

    This is a discussion on Changing the "channel" really made a difference! within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I've been struggling to get more than 60 kb/sec out of my connection even though the theoretical speed should be ...

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      Changing the "channel" really made a difference!

      I've been struggling to get more than 60 kb/sec out of my connection even though the theoretical speed should be up to 400 kb/sec.

      Last night I changed the router from broadcasting on channel 6, to channel 11 and hey presto, all of a sudden my d/l speed has risen to nearly 380 kb/sec which is a huge increase.

      Other channel's such as channel 1 do offer similar performance but I found channel 11 to be the most reliable.

      What is the routers default channel, is it 6 as mine was or does it auto-detect the best channel for every house?

      Chris.


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      Re: Changing the "channel" really made a difference!

      Default channel on my router is 11. I thought they were all set to that.

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      Re: Changing the "channel" really made a difference!

      Cheers Bob, mine was on "06" however I may of slipped and changed it to that in the past by accident?

      When I reset my router it defaulted to channel 1, and I noticed that Windows detected other wireless networks in other houses, all of which were connecting on channel 11, so I changed it to this and it seems to work a treat

      Chris.

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      Re: Changing the "channel" really made a difference!

      The 2.4 GHz frequency that Wi-fi lives in is a very congested "free" zone that most wireless devices use (mainly as they don't need to pay the government for use of this area).

      In my house alone I have:

      Wi-fi
      Wireless Doorbell
      Wireless Thermostat for the central heating
      Video Sender
      Wireless Xbox Controller

      So I am already using 5 of the 13 frequencies up in my house alone and there is 6 other detectable wi-fi frequencies that my wife's laptop can see as well. So in cases like this your poor data rate can be from some other device that you can't even see.

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      Re: Changing the "channel" really made a difference!

      I also have 2 wireless controllers for my xbox and the wireless usb adaptor for the 360.

      I thought the wireless controllers operated from bluetooth however, and the USB dongle will be connecting to the router which is obviously now set to channel 11, so in effect both the xbox and the pc and my laptop are also using the same channel (11).

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