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How to Switch to a Different WiFi Channel

Have you noticed that your Wi-Fi signal just doesn’t seem as strong or as fast as it was in the past?

 Has your Netflix account started to stutter and load a lot more than it used to?

 Are you not able to jump online and game while someone else is using the web to browse or watch videos in another room?

 If so, the odds are pretty good that there’s nothing wrong with your router – you just need to figure out how to change Wi-Fi channel configurations, especially if you live in an area where there are a lot of other Wi-Fi signals out there.

 Truth be told, making a quick change of Wi-Fi channels is usually enough to clear of most issues people have with their router right out-of-the-box. A lot of folks in suburban and urban areas with all kinds of networks around them should switch to a “nondefault” channel ASAP.

 They would see huge bumps in performance right away.

 That’s what we’re going to help you with in the rest of this quick guide!

 What Are Wireless Channels, Anyway?

 The overwhelming majority of modern Wi-Fi routers today are set up to broadcast over to channels – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

 Both of these Wi-Fi bands are organized into a couple of different channels used to send out and to receive data across your Wi-Fi network. Basically they work like little road systems, bringing your signal out to your devices and then returning that signal back to your router and the internet in general.

 When you change Wi-Fi channel setups you change the roads that your data is running across, basically. This may not be all that big of a deal if your router is the only one up and running in the neighborhood.

 But it’s a huge deal if there are dozens of routers in your building or your street that all overlapping with one another – all of them running the same default Wi-Fi channel everyone else is running, too.

 All of a sudden that switch to a new channel opens up a whole new roadway for you to use, ideally a new “Wi-Fi roadway” that no one else is traveling. All of a sudden your data is dealing with a whole lot less traffic.

 How to Change Your WiFi Channel

 Luckily, learning how wifi works and how to check Wi-Fi channels that are in use as well as how to switch Wi-Fi channels is a pretty simple and straightforward process.

 There are even a lot of websites out there you can log into (100% free of charge, with no strings attached) that show you what the most common channels in use in your area are right now. This will help you figure out how to change your Wi-Fi channel to the right one moving forward – and is something you can master just by making the decision to Google “Wi-Fi change channel help”.

 As far as physically figuring out how to channels on Wi-Fi routers is concerned, though, you want to go through this pretty straightforward process.

 First, open up your web browser and connect to your router over its IP address.

 Finding your router IP address is usually pretty easy, especially since almost all of them are identical – 192.168.1.1. If that’s not your router IP address, though, you can find yourself by using the command prompt options on Windows devices.

 Open up the CMD tool through the search bar, punch the words “ipconfig” into the command line, and you’ll be provided with a whole bunch of information about your computer IP address as well as your router address.

 After putting your router address into the browser you’ll be brought to your router administration panel.

 Different manufacturers have different default names and passwords, though the most common ones are ADMIN and PASSWORD. They are worth a try right out of the gate, though for Google search will show you what your manufacturer defaults are if those don’t work.

 The next thing you want to do to figure out how to change Google Wi-Fi channel configurations is to find the WIRELESS SETTINGS section of your router admin panel. Sometimes this is tucked inside of the ADVANCED SETTINGS menu, so that’s worth checking as well.

 Somewhere you’ll find Wi-Fi channel configurations for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bands. The odds are pretty good that your router is set up to automatically detect Wi-Fi channels (which isn’t a bad thing).

 If you’d like to better optimize things, though, don’t be shy about trying different channel options. Some people have a lot of success with Channel 1, Channel 6, and Channel 11 – three of the least often used Wi-Fi channels, opening up a lot of “headroom” for your data to move across.

 Tips for Finding the Best WiFi Channel

 Aside from using something like a Wi-Fi signal booster nothing’s going to improve your Wi-Fi speed or stability quite as easily as changing up the Wi-Fi channel.

 Short of getting your hands on a great booster (check out this Trifiboost review if you’d like that kind of hardware), jumping online and finding any of the “channel surfing” websites we mentioned above will have you find the right channel to switch to on your router.

 These free websites do a quick analysis of all the Wi-Fi signals in your area, all of the signals that your wireless card can pick up on. This includes signals that are password protected and signals that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to connect to.

 The website that analyzes and has a closer look at these Wi-Fi signals and the channels that they are using based off of the information that they are publicly broadcasting all the time. You’ll be able to see all of the channels that are currently in use, which channels have the most overlap, and which channels aren’t getting any use at all.

 Those lesser used options are the Wi-Fi channels that you want to jump to ASAP!

September 8, 2020

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