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How to change your Wi-Fi channel and why

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How to change your Wi-Fi channel and why

Many things cause problems with the Wi-Fi signal in your home but a common one that’s easy to fix is signal interference. This is caused when there are multiple Wi-Fi networks in the same area all operating on the same channel. Thankfully, Wi-Fi interference is becoming less of a problem with the latest modems automatically changing the channel if it’s too ‘busy’. But if your modem is older, you can easily change the channel yourself and improve your signal. 


The process is similar for most modems but will differ slightly depending on the make and model. We’ve listed instructions for two of the most common modem/routers supplied by us.


Sagem F@st 3864 (ADSL and NBN)

  1. Log into your modem admin interface. This is done by entering 192.168.0.1 (this is the default) into your web browser where you’d enter a web address.
  2. You’ll then be presented with the admin console home page. Click on “Advanced Settings” on the left hand side.
  3. Now on the left hand side click on “Wireless” and then “Advanced”.How to change your wifi Sagem.jpg
  4. This interface will show you a number of settings. What you’ll be looking for is the second option “channel” which by default is set to auto. To the right of this you’ll see what channel is currently selected and if there is any interference at present (the above example shows severe interference.
  5. Unless you’re using specific software, changing channels can be a bit of trial and error. To start with, try channels 1, 6 and 11 and test to see if there is any improvement and then change the channel if it doesn’t.


Netgear CG3000 & CG3000V2 (Cable)

  1. Log into your modem admin interface. This is done by entering 192.168.0.1 (this is the default) into your web browser where you’d enter a web address.
  2. You’ll then be presented with the admin console home page. At the top there are two tabs. Select the “Advanced” tab.
  3. On the left hand side select “WPS Wizard” > “Administration” >  “Wireless Channel”.
  4. On this screen you’ll see a graph that shows you the number of different networks within range of your router and the channels they’re using. This will help you select the channel that is being used the least.How to change your wifi Netgear.jpg
  5. Once you know which channel you want to use (8 or 9 would be good in the example above) click the “Change Channel” button in the top right and follow the prompts.

 

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