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Optimising your Wi-Fi network
Have a read of Things to consider when setting up the best Wireless network before you reconfigure your router.
Now you have read through that and your router is the best possible location and all steps taken to mitigate impacting factors but you're still experiencing problems try reading through the below to get an understanding of how to optimise your Wi-Fi routers configuration.
What is important to understand
Band: Is a specific range of frequencies, each frequency will have different range and performance. An example of a Band is 2.4GHz or 5GHz.
Channel: Slices of the frequencies spectrum, channels can overlap, always try to select a channel which has less access points configured to it, the less access point within a channel the better for your Wi-Fi performance will be.
MHz: Increasing the MHz will generally not improve the speed of your Wi-Fi network but allow for greater signal strength.
Unfortunately, increasing the Mhz often leads to greater interference as the signal gets spread across more channels within the Wi-Fi band.
You need your Wi-Fi signal be as isolated as possible, spreading your Wi-Fi signal across more channels is not good idea when there are a lot of other Wi-Fi access points in your area.
When using 2.4GHz we recommended leaving the MHz to 20.
2.4GHz: The entire 2.4GHz spectrum is 100MHz wide, there are a total of 13 channels and adjacent channels will overlap and interfere with each other. 2.4Ghz has 3 non-overlapping channels 1, 6 and 11. 2.4GHz has a greater range than 5Ghz.
5GHz: For the best throughput using 5GHz use a device which can support 802.11AC.
20, 40 & 80Mhz are available, depending on the MHz you choose will determine how many overlapping channels there are and that can lead to interference.
Below is a graph relevant to our NF18AC router and the 5GHz band. You can see how increasing the MHz spreads the signal, any Access points which are configured to channels falling within that MHz spectrum will also broadcast data leading to interference.
Channel 165 is not available. See how the MHz setting overlaps.
Device compatibility your wireless device will need to be compatible with the Band you want to connect too, some older devices will not be able to use 5GHz has it has limited compatibility, devices that can use the below standards only.
How to select the best channel.
For the most part allow your router to determine the best channel by select AUTO under the channel configuration maybe enough but if you would like to optimise then you’ll need to download a Wi-Fi analyser to your mobile device. Slingshot does not support these applications.
Go to Google play or OS X store to download a Wi-Fi analyser to your mobile device, Run the application and decide the best channel for your access point.
Try another mobile device application called Wi-Fi SweetSpots to help determine the signal reach of your Wi-Fi access point throughout your home.
Ways to boost your Wi-Fi signal.
- A Wi-Fi mesh network
- Wi-Fi Extenders/Repeater/Expander
- Wi-Fi amplifier
- Minimise interference
- Firmware version
- Power cycle your router (doing this from time to time can help).
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