BAIC Multimedia, Blog, Mobile Users, News 28.4.2015 Comments Off on Don’t Blame Your Router (blame the neighbors)

If you live in an apartment complex, condo complex, business suite, or otherwise heavily populated area,  you’ve probably noticed more than just the passive-aggressive network IDs that your neighbors use—very likely you’ve had problems with your wireless connections dropping out, or just not being as fast as you’d like -And here’s a quick and easy fix. Remember the olden days of the CB radio? The one with the strongest signal squished out everyone else. Your Wireless router is no different in that respect.

Of course, this isn’t the only thing you need to do to make sure your wireless network is running at maximum speed, but for today’s article we’ll show you how to pick the right channel using a nifty Android app (that’s free). Sorry Apple users, Apple pulled all such apps out of their app store. There are Windows/Mac apps that do this, and a quick Google search will help you find a good one.

Note: if your Wireless network is working fine, please don’t mess with it. Or at least, don’t blame us if you break it.

Figuring Out the Right Wi-Fi Channel

Screenshot_2015-04-28-13-43-22Your best bet for a free scanner utility is Wi-Fi Channel Analizer, which is really easy to install and use. Just run it, and check out all of the networks using each channel.

As you can see, there are channels in use, and the one in yellow is the one that your phone is connected to. To the right, you can see how many SSID’s are broadcasting on that channel.

As you can also see, channel 5 in this example is a bit busier than the other channels.

So we then can log into our router, and change the setting from AUTO (the industry standard for Comcast, AT&T, Cisco, D-Link, and many others) to a dedicated channel that’s not being used.

And that’s it! Your neighbors will probably love you as well, because your router and their router won’t be constantly fighting for dominance on the airways for the same channel.

Oh and if you want to see WHAT SSID’s are on each channel, the app helps you there as well.

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As you can see in this example, we have some comedic neighbors. Or these might be ours. We won’t confirm or deny anything here 🙂

We hope that this article has helped save some of your sanity, and if you need assistance, we would be happy to help!

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