WIreless connections is dropping and freezes every now and then. How often to change wifi channel?
It depends on how much interference is being put out by the device. Speakers have magnetic shielding built in but larger speakers will put interference over a wider area. I'd say move it at least a meter away.
Once you find a stable wifi channel you shouldn't have to change it. I would try using channels 1,6, or 11. If you are still have troubles finding a good channel, you can use the following tool to locate an unused channel. Hopefully that helps!
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What Ccraig1 said is correct, once you do find a stable channel you shoudlnt have to change it. Keep in mind that other wireless networks will use these channels as well. Linksys and Dlink automatically default to 9 or 11 so I would do my best to avoid those two channels, especially if you there are other wireless networks in your area.
Hope this helps,
I've always used inSSIDer to choose the least used channel. Unfortunately it is windows only. http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/
It's rare that you'll ever need to change channels once you find one that's stable. An alternative is to purchase a dual band router, since saturation of the 2.4GHz spectrum is far more common than the 5GHz spectrum.
If your connection keeps dropping it could be related to other interference as well, here is a link I have sent to a few people who had similar issues, it provides allot of information on what can cause interference.
Thanks for posting this topic. Once you find a wifi channel that has little interference, there's not much need to change it again. Most Shaw reps seem to prefer Meraki WiFi Stumbler but I've used inSSIDer and it is also very useful.
The link posted by obtenpander is a very useful one. As it points out, there could be wifi interference coming from devices that you would never suspect. I helped a customer who kept losing her connection. Her router was very close to her plasma TV. Once she moved the modem away from the TV, the connection returned.
I had another customer who kept her modem under her metal desk. Once she moved it from under the desk, the wifi connection greatly improved (metal is not kind to wifi as it deflects the signal).
Let us know if your signal has improved. And if anyone else has any further suggestions, keep them coming!
Thank you and to all the replies, a certain Jason from your technical support team gave me a call last saturday, he believes that one of the devices I have causes that interference.My first suspect is my cordless phone which too close to the router. Another one is my Bose speaker for my Ipad which placed by counter. How far it is supposed, to these devices has to be, in order to prevent interference? I can't place that phone far enough from that router since that, it shares a splitter. The signal improved so far, but it isn't as good as used to. Any assistance will be much appreciated.
Another useful tool is the Wifi Analyzer app on Android phones. It does the same job as Meraki WiFi Stumbler but it is on your phone, therefore portable. I haven't been able to find an App for the iPhone though. But I used a friends android phone and it worked wonders. It was real time and when I moved from one room to another it showed different signal strengths and where the most traffic was in each region of my house.
Again, Hope this helps.
I'm pretty much sure is my iPad speaker. I recalled when I had it placed in my bedroom which farther from the router, I have a very good wireless connection. Thanks a lot once again.
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