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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.
 
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 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.
 
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QUICK TIP:  If you are using a simultaneous dual-band router, you need to do the following steps for both frequencies (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz).
 
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 you can only switch to 20 MHz.
 
QUICK TIP:  To avoid interference with other 2.4 GHz wireless networks in your area, Channel Width should be set to 20 MHz 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 channel has been modified to use 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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NOTE:  Available wireless channels may vary depending on your region.

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