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Changing the Wireless Channel on a Linksys router

Changing channels is one of the best ways to resolve intermittent wireless connection.  This article will guide you on how to change the channel of your wireless router.

NOTE:  If you want to change the wireless channel on a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, click here.  Available wireless channels may vary depending on your region.  Images and options may vary depending on your router's model.
 
Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.
 
NOTE:  If you are using a Mac® computer to access the router’s web-based setup page, click here.
 
Step 2:
On the router's web-based setup page, click the Wireless tab.
 
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Step 3:
On the Basic Wireless Settings sub-tab, select Manual.  Choosing the Manual setup allows you to adjust your wireless channel according to your preference.  Once done, you can click Save Settings.
 
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For some models, you no longer need to select Manual.  Instead, you simply click on Wireless, locate Wireless Channel then make your changes through the drop-down menu. 
 
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QUICK TIP:  If you are using a simultaneous dual-band router, you need to do the following steps for both (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) frequencies.
 
Step 4:
For the 5 GHz network you can switch to either 20 MHz or 40 MHz for the Channel Width.  For the 2.4 GHz network the available Channel Width is 20 MHz.
 
QUICK TIP:  To avoid interference with other 2.4 GHz networks in your area, Channel Width should be set to 20 MHz only for both.
 
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Step 5:
Click the drop-down arrow for Channel, then select your preferred channel.  In the example below, the 2.4 GHz network is on Channel 6.

QUICK TIP:  The recommended channels for the 2.4 GHz network are 1, 6, 9 and 11 since they are considered non-overlapping channels.  For the 5 GHz network, channels 36, 40, 44 and 48 are recommended to less likely encounter interference.  For the Linksys Wi-Fi Routers, it is best to leave the channel to Auto if you are not experiencing any connectivity issues.
 
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