All WiFi networks that include client devices as well as broadband modems and routers communicate through an unambiguous wireless channel. Similarly, channels on a traditional television. Each channel is selected by a number that indicates a definite frequency of radio communication. Netgear WiFi Extender Setup and all smart wired and wireless devices set up and automatically adjust their wireless channels that would be a part of communication protocol.
2.4GHz WiFi Channel Numbers
Do you know that the users in the U.S. and North America features 11 channels on 2.4GHz band on all their WiFi equipment?
- Channel 1 operates next to the center frequency that would be of 2.412GHz.
- Whereas, channel 11 operates 2.462GHz.
- WiFi stuff in Europe and all the other parts of the countries support channel 12 and 13 running at the highest frequency of the levels 2.467 and 2.472 correspondingly. But, there are still additional settings of frequency that are supposed to be applied in other parts of the world.
- Channel 14 supports technically the WiFi range of 2.4GHz, even though this channel is only meant for old equipment (802.11b) used in Japan.
Note: Each WiFi channel that contains 2.4GHz requires a signaling band of 22MHz. Radio frequency of neighboring channels considerably overlap and create distances between each other.
5GHz WiFi Channel Numbers
- 5GHz mostly offers more channels than 2.4GHz to their users. In order to avoid overlapping and interference of other frequencies, we would recommend you to change your channel to 5GHz because the equipment that consists of these channels restricts the available channel to certain numbers that are with the largest and longest range. Similarly, you might have noticed that the radio stations AM/FM keep distances between their bands of the local areas.
- The other numbers of channels are not supported whereas; the most admired wireless channel includes 36, 40, 44 and 48 on 5GHz wireless channels.
- Channel 36 operates 5.180GHz (offset by 5MHz).
- Channel 40 operates 5.200GHz (offset by 20MHz).
Note: The highest channel which comes with the frequency of 165 operates on 5.835GHz, usually supports dissimilar set of channels that run at a low frequency of 4.915 to 5.055GHz comparatively very squat from the rest of the world.
Changing of the WiFi Channel Numbers
- If you want to change the default channels frequency in your regular existing WiFi router, you have to first log into the home page of routers configuration and search for a setting name as WIRELESS CHANNEL or simply CHANNEL. Remember most of the configuration page on router screen present before you the list of supported channel to chose and change according to the user needs. On the other hand, supplementary devices will automatically detect and adjust their channel numbers to match with the access point or the wireless device.
- Suppose, if a particular device fails to connect with the router again after changing its frequency, restart your device once and try matching the channels as well as their numbers again. The home screen of routers configuration also keeps the record and keep all the credentials save for future to verify the numbers that are currently in use.
- Turn all the devices off who carries the same frequency. Some people don’t know that the wireless devices, metal appliances, Bluetooth speakers, electronic gadgets usually come with the same frequency.
Choose the Finest WiFi Channel
Today mostly in every environment, WiFi connection and devices execute their program similarly good on any channel of any frequency. But, in case anyone wants to choose and give their connection the best channel ever, we would like to suggest that leave it as it comes from your manufacturer (default) without any change on it. Most of the WiFi wireless devices come with the same frequency. Well, it is true that most of the users prefer 2.4GHz to the lowest possible range. Similarly, your neighbors often have the same frequency and so has your house-old equipment.
So, in one case you can turn off all your distance creating devices and on the other case, you have no option left than coordinate with your neighbors and build a healthy relationship just to avoid reciprocated interference. Alternative to these, people also prefer the highest possible channel 11 and 13 in order to avoid mid-range frequencies that are caused due to WiFi router and other wireless devices (depending upon the country).
Also remember that the operating system and efficacy software like Netgear Genie Setup on our elegant devices and routers keep the record of all the wireless channel settings frequently being used by users. But this situation is quite normal; users don’t have to worry about such settings. Moreover, they can change their WiFi channel settings from default to their own preference.