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How to change wireless channel

If you have read "Improving Wireless Signal" then you might be wondering how you change your wireless channel.

It is usually very simple to do so, however, the method can vary between each router manufacturer. The steps to change the channel are generally straightforward and similar.

Firstly, you need to log into your router. This is done by being either connecting wirelessly or via an ethernet cable and opening a web browser and typing the router's address. Typically, 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.1.254 are the most common router addresses.

Next you will be asked to enter a username and password to gain access to the router's configuration. This can be found on the router itself or possibly a card provided with the router. For example, on Netgear routers, the default username is "admin" and the password is non-existent or simply "password". Please note, the password required for access to the router is different than the one needed to connect to a wireless network.

Once access to the router's configuration is granted, you will need to navigate to wireless settings. Normally, this can be found on the main menu.

Here is some example of how to locate the wireless settings:

Wireless Settings is the third option on the left hand menu.

Wireless Settings is the second menu item going horizontally.

Once the area of the router's configuration containing wireless settings is located it is fairly easy to change the channel. In the above picture it is labelled as "Standard Channel" however is more modern router's it's usually referred to as simply "WiFi Channel".

As stated in the "Improving Wireless Signal" article, the most common channels are 1, 6 and 13. However, the best channel to use can determined using a application such as "inSSIDer" or "WiFi Stumbler".

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