If you are using a wireless channel which is already crowded, you may be facing slowdowns or connection drops with your wireless router. If this is the case, Netgear Wireless Router Support suggests you to change your channel as the performance of wireless network heavily depends upon the channel it is using. A least crowded channel is best to use to avoid any interference with other wireless networks which will eliminate the connection drops and slowdowns of your wireless network.
Follow this Netgear Router Support article to know what channel to use for your wireless network.
First of all, you need to use a software such as Wi-Fi Analyzer to check what channels are being used by other wireless networks around you. After you have done that, select a wireless network which is being least used by other networks. 2.4GHz band has total of 11 channels in which 1,6 and 11 are non-overlapping in USA and 1,7 and 13 are non-overlapping in Europe. If any of these channels are not being used enough, then use that channel. 5 GHz band has a total of 23 non-overlapping channels and is not very crowded so the interference is not the problem here.
To change the channel of your Netgear router, follow steps below:
- Launch a web browser from the computer which is connected to the router.
- Enter the IP address of the router.
- Enter username and password when prompted.
- Go to Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings.
- From the drop down menu in the channels section, select the channel which you have decided to use.
- Click on Save Settings button to save your settings.
The channel of your wireless network is now changed. Note that you cannot eliminate the interference completely but you can minimize it to a great extent. This will greatly help is stabilizing your wireless router.
If you are facing any issues, please contact to Netgear wireless router Support. Call on Netgear
Router Support toll free number at 1-888-479-2017.