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Mase Taylor
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Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference
      #263697 - 09/07/09 07:02 PM

When my microwave is on it seems to disrupt my 802.11g Linksys signal. I was using channel 9. Anybody know which is the best channel to avoid this as much as possible?

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Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #263705 - 09/07/09 07:35 PM

Mase -- Use the "Popcorn" setting.

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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Re: Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #263714 - 09/07/09 08:19 PM

Try channel 1 - it's as far away from 9 as you're going to get, not that it's all that far. (You should really be using 1 or 11 anyway, since those don't overlap channel 6, where all of your non-tech-savvy neighbors left their default channel setting...)

The frequency table is here.


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Mase Taylor
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Re: Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference [Re: Scott Dunham (RDU)]
      #263717 - 09/07/09 08:25 PM

Thanks, I will give that a try.

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Re: Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interfere [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #263731 - 09/07/09 10:07 PM

Or -- get an 802.11n radio with both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios.

They are relatively expensive -- usually more than $140. And, of course, your computer would also need to work on that frequency.


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Re: Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #263735 - 09/07/09 11:07 PM

Mase,

The microwave doesn't cause me any problems here, but something did. I use 6, 2.437GHz, Linksys WRT54GL, no problems with that. Thinking back, may have been the cordless phone thing.

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Jim Bell
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Re: Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference [Re: Scott Dunham (RDU)]
      #263737 - 09/07/09 11:14 PM

Scott,

Quote:

...channel 6, where all of your non-tech-savvy neighbors left their default channel setting...




Refresh my memory, the issue with 6 is what?

jb


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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Re: Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference [Re: Jim Bell]
      #263739 - 09/07/09 11:38 PM

There's not exactly an issue with 6, but it's typically the default channel that routers are set to coming out of the factory. As a result, lots of people end up on 6 because they don't want to monkey with the settings. For example, in my computer-friendly neighborhood I can see about 6-8 routers, and 80% of them are on channel 6. Interfering with each other. I'm on channel 1 avoiding them. 11 would work, too - but everything between 2 and 10 overlaps 6 to some extent, and if you pick something like 9, it'll overlap both 6 and 11 and potentially slow them both down. So... I *like* having people stay on 6, because it makes them easy to stay away from.

And then there are the people who decided they wanted to set up security, so they set their SSID to AD3F611DE9BF and can't figure out why it's still "open"...


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Jim Bell
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Re: Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference [Re: Scott Dunham (RDU)]
      #263740 - 09/08/09 12:02 AM

Scott,

We only have 1->11 here in the US, IIRC my Linksys 54GL defaulted to 11. 6 works better for me, no interference from the neighbors, seems like it solved the cordless phone deal though.

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And then there are the people who decided they wanted to set up security, so they set their SSID to AD3F611DE9BF and can't figure out why it's still "open"...




Open as in they broadcast the SSID or they don't use any sort of security? I've had "My Documents" show up when I use one of the boxes that allows DHCP, default Win workgroup name, no preferred network. Not getting on yer case here Scott, but this is an area where folks get led astray.

Seems the good thought from the WiFi smart guys these days is WPA2, serious passphrase, let the router broadcast. Otherwise, your wireless boxes are looking for the preferred network you've selected, and asking frequently "Where's AD3F611DE9BF , and btw, here's my MAC address"...ymmv.

EDIT The "My Documents" comment means other folks folders. File Sharing enabled, not so good there.

jb

Edited by Jim Bell (09/08/09 12:10 AM)


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Russell Holton
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Re: Best WiFi Channel To Avoid Microwave Interference [Re: Scott Dunham (RDU)]
      #263742 - 09/08/09 12:42 AM

Quote:

(You should really be using 1 or 11 anyway, since those don't overlap channel 6, where all of your non-tech-savvy neighbors left their default channel setting...)




At all depends. I leave mine on default. Between the walls and the proximity, my signal overpowers the neighbors. But anyone wanting to pick off my signal will have to deal with the extra noise.

But yes, if I wanted range, I'd have to pick another channel.


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