Learn step by step to change the broadcast channels of your router to improve the Wi-Fi signal of your devices. Do you have cuts or interferences or is the Wi-Fi speed in your home very slow? We help you solve the problem with your router.
If it turns out that you have problems with the Wi-Fi connectivity of your home and the coverage is lost or simply the connection speed has decreased or degraded. You should know that it is a problem that you can solve by simply changing the broadcast channel of your router.
It may not be as simple as changing channels on your TV but with our step-by-step instructions. You can change the channel of your Wi-Fi router to avoid interference that may occur with your neighbors’ connections.
First of all, you should know that many of today’s routers employ dual-band connection technology. So they use both the 2.4 GHz frequency band for 802.11n and the 5GHz band for 802.11ac and 802.11n. In fact, there is a channel option for each frequency.
Essentially, routers can choose from many different channels and many choose it in the initial configuration based on how free or congested other nearby local networks is.
The best Wi-Fi channel, therefore, is one that is not being used by other neighboring connections. When manually switching to a less congested channel or one that is not being used by any other network. Your Wi-Fi should improve significantly.
We will show you how to identify which channels are more saturated and congested so you can change the channel in which your router emits the signal.
How to identify the channel of my wifi signal?
When a neighbor changes the router or operator. It is likely that yours adheres to the default channel or the one you chose when you first set it up. Which is why it can present a high speed one day, and the next day, offer a lousy quality.
Some white-label routers, such as those usually installed by any home fiber operator, can change their channel to avoid interference, but at a very basic level. That is why we recommend having a more advanced router that is more parameterizable in order to improve signal quality.
When several Wi-Fi networks overlap by the intensity with which they emit. They can cause so much interference between them that they end up offering slow speeds to the connected devices. This means that the web pages will take longer to load and the streaming videos will stop or chop.
If the poor coverage of the Wi-Fi is the cause of the problem. You can also solve it by deploying a Wi-Fi mesh kit. What we know today as the Mesh network with products such as those offered by brands such as AVM.
Expand your network with Mesh
With Mesh it is possible that several devices distributed by the rooms of your house manage to generate several WiFi signals. So that they join them in a single network similar to a mesh (mesh in English). For practical purposes, this wireless network maintains the same name and password.
The devices communicate with each other and depending on your location or device used. You receive the signal with the best possible quality and speed so that you have the best possible connectivity result.
From here, the repeater captures the wireless network configuration to support the devices that you have previously configured with your router automatically. It also guarantees the encryption of the information through the WPA2 protocol, ensuring that the information in the communications is secure.
What if I don’t have a Mesh device?
If before investing in new equipment like the one indicated, you want to try changing the router’s broadcast channel in search of a solution, follow the steps below to solve it.
First of all, you must discover which channels the nearby networks are using and which channels your router uses. To do this, you can use a free Android application like Wi-Fi Analyzer. It is also available for Windows 10.
The router recognized brands usually offer this type of information in your mobile application or device. If you enter the mode of administration of the device.
Start by making sure your phone or tablet is connected to your WiFi signal (as opposed to 3G or 4G) and then opens the application. If your router has several networks for 2.4GHz and 5GHz, connect to each of them and verify which one is less congested.
You will see a graph that shows the WiFi signal that exists around you, separated by different colors. You can also see the channels that each one is using along with the signal strength (a higher curve indicates that its signal is stronger).
This will help you decide which channel you need to use. It is worth noting that of the 13 channels, all but 1, 6 and 11 overlap. So, choose a channel as far away from networks as possible from your neighbors.
It is the vertex (highest point of the parable) that tells you which channel you are using. In the previous example, you can see that the 2.4GHz frequency is very full and there is no obvious “best” channel number.
On routers that also support 5 GHz. It is worth connecting your phone or tablet to that network to see if there is less saturation. Some routers have two separate network names that facilitate the identification of which is which. But other more basic models emit under a single name and your devices decide which network to connect to.
If possible, look for a configuration in your router’s Wi-Fi options (see below) to see if you can force it to display the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks separately to be able to manually connect to the 5 GHz network.
Both your router and your phone or tablet must be compatible with 5 GHz Wi-Fi for this to work. However, it is often called dual-band WiFi signal in the specifications list, instead of cataloging it as 5 GHz.
If you want to stop your phone or other devices (such as your laptop) that automatically connect to the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection of your router and use only the 5 GHz. You must access Wi-Fi settings and click on ‘Forget this network’.
After that, locate the name of your 5 GHz network and connect to it.
How to change the broadcast channel of my wifi?
You need to access the web interface of your router. This can be done by opening a web browser and entering the router’s IP address. This number can be found printed on the router itself or in its manual.
There are brands such as AVM that unify the connection for their devices. So you only have to enter the name of MyFritz.net in your web browser to access the router management.
If you choose to use a Windows PC. You can try opening the command prompt in Windows (PowerShell in later versions) in which you can type ‘ipconfig’ without the quotes. Now look in the resulting text for the default gateway address of your router that is usually similar to 192.168.1.1.
By typing this default gateway address in your browser’s search bar. You should be able to access your router’s login and password in order to manage it.
Next, you will be asked to enter username and password. You will be able to find screen prints on the device itself. Ideally, change the default password to prevent others from accessing your device settings.
Now, look inside the Wi-Fi configuration for the channel number on which the connection is being transmitted. Keep in mind that if your router is dual-band and works with the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. You will have to choose the channel separately.
The exact location of the option will vary depending on the device manufacturer. We have used one of AVM and the channel configuration is easily located by clicking on ‘Advanced options’ on the main page.
Then we select ‘Wireless configuration’ from the menu options and change from automatic mode to manual wireless network configuration. Choose the least congested values and make sure you save the changes.
Hopefully, this will solve your problem. However, in tall buildings in a large neighborhood with many homes, there may be many nearby networks. This could complicate the possibility of finding a better channel for your Wi-Fi network.
As the last step, you can call your Internet provider to request that they remotely offer technical assistance. They also usually have access to the parameters of your router to modify these values for you and do it remotely.
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