Choosing Optimal Wifi Channels - 25 Other routers in range on various channels
Posted on 2008-11-15
A couple of months ago I started having problems with my WIFI network. Connections dropped regularly for no reason. As it turned out two of my neighbours had just bought themselves a Sky broadband modem and my own router interferred with theirs. I therfore switched from channel 11 to channel 1.
Now I am having similar problems.
I checked all wifi networks in our range using Network Stumbler and it turns out that there are more than 30 different SSIDs in reach.
I also spoke to the SONOS support (a wireless audio streamer system) who checked my Sonos logfiles and observed a very high level of frequencey interference.
I heard that I should only choose 1,6, or 11 because of overlaps.
Now, above are the numbers of all the networks in range.
which channel should I choose?
Is it better to choose something like "4" because no one else is using it? Or will I then get all interference from the channel 1 and channel 6 users?
Same for channel 7, 10 or 12?
Is it better to be on your "own" channel or do I need to stick to the channel 1,6,11 rule?