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Is It Better to Use a Wi-Fi Channel With a Higher Frequency?

Is It Better to Use a Wi-Fi Channel With a Higher Frequency?

When you have experienced problems with your wireless router, then you might start tweaking the settings in order to improve performance, like choosing a different channel. But are some channels inherently better than others? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

The Question

One reader from our site wants to know if it is better to use a Wi-Fi channel with a higher frequency:

Today I had to call tech support to have my Wi-Fi channel changed because it was using channel 7, but the guy on the phone told me that channel 1 was “less powerful” than channel 11. He suggested that I use channel 11.

Using a Wi-Fi analyzer app, I discovered that channel 1 is the least used one in my building, so I ignored his recommendation and asked for channel 1. Was he right? Is channel 11 better?

Is it better to use a Wi-Fi channel with a higher frequency?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor Mokubai has the answer for us:

Channel numbers do not denote power “levels”, so channel 11 is not “better” than channel 1 simply because it is ten digits higher. Wi-Fi does have overlapping channels though, which means that devices do not “want” to be on a channel that is too close to another nearby station’s channel.

For the best results and interoperability (least interference), there are only three channel choices: channel 1, channel 6, and channel 11. Here is an image showing why:

Is It Better to Use a Wi-Fi Channel With a Higher Frequency?

If there are many networks near your location, then you want to choose the channel which has the fewest or weakest signals. If, as you mention, that happens to be channel 1, then that is the channel you should use.

How To Connect Your Bluetooth Speakers to Your Android TV Box

How To Connect Your Bluetooth Speakers to Your Android TV Box

It is an easy job to connect Bluetooth speakers to a android TV box or any android device. Just follow the step below.


Besides android TV boxes, the steps below will also work on most any android device.

Steps to Pair a Bluetooth Speaker to a Android TV Box

1… Find the Setting Icon and click it.
How To Connect Your Bluetooth Speakers to Your Android TV Box

2… Under Wireless & Networks will be Bluetooth click it.
How To Connect Your Bluetooth Speakers to Your Android TV Box

3… The box will automatically scan for any Bluetooth device in Pair Mode.

How To Connect Your Bluetooth Speakers to Your Android TV Box
4… Set the Bluetooth speaker to be in Pair mode. Most automatically go into Pair mode when powered on, some have a button.

How To Connect Your Bluetooth Speakers to Your Android TV Box

5… Select the device you want to Pair with. Here a set of ZeroX Bluetooth speakers have been Paired.
How To Connect Your Bluetooth Speakers to Your Android TV Box

After they are paired the sound will now go through the Bluetooth speakers.

If you have problems paring with a set be sure the unit is in Pair mode. Most sets will go into pair mode when powered on but some have a Bluetooth button, look at the instructions if unsure.

Most units will have no problems being setup and will be able to play sound wireless through the speakers. Sound should carry around 30 feet which is the range for most Bluetooth devices.

What is the Best WiFi Antenna Setup for a RV or Trailer?

what is the best wifi antenna set up for a rv or trailer 2016

It is a challenge to get a good WiFi signal while traveling in a RV or trailer
To get online but most antennas and wireless setups are built for a home which don’t work well in a RV, there is a WiFi access point in many sites.

You can use many options to getting a better signal, even DIY projects can be done with many YouTube videos showing these methods.

What it all comes down to is having a good long range antenna that can pick up a signal from a distance and rebroadcast it within your camper or RV.

There are some good setups for this including some older units such as Alfa R36 which works with a USB WiFi dongle to get good range.

While the Alfa R36 is a good option it has began to show its age and is not that easy to setup.

A new long range wireless setup from simpleWiFi has really improved from other setups with incredible range and ease of installation.

The Long Range WiFi Hotspot Repeater kit from simpleWiFi comes with everything needed for the install. Including the antenna, hotspot repeater, 50 feet of Ethernet cable, and other accessories.
what is the best wifi antenna set up for a rv or trailer 2016

The main component that makes the kit powerful is the 15 dBi high gain omni-directional antenna.
what is the best wifi antenna set up for a rv or trailer 2016
The antenna should be place as high as possible to get the best clear line of site to the access point location. Proper elevation and environmental factors really come into play with how good a signal you will get.

So for example if your in a campground getting the antenna pointed to the wireless internet access point with the least amount of obstacles such as trees is best.

The kit comes with a 50 foot Ethernet cable but 100 feet of cable can be used with almost no loss from the antenna.

The Ethernet cable is fed into a router which rebroadcast the boosted signal to any wireless devices within your camping setup.

The antenna is basically a big wireless booster which in combination with the router gives any wireless device you have a good signal.

The router rebroadcast on a private network with its own security so only you will be able to connect, unless you give your password to another user.

The setup is easy enough by connecting the Ethernet cable to the antenna.
what is the best wifi antenna set up for a rv or trailer 2016
It is waterproof with a boot that goes over the Ethernet cable to protect it from weather.

Bolts hold the assembly together on a pole to mount it in the best location.
what is the best wifi antenna set up for a rv or trailer 2016
The booster screws directly into the antenna.

A nice thing about the SimpleWiFi setup is no coaxial cable is used. Most kits use coaxial which works but has some signal loss for a wireless signal. Since the booster and antenna have no coaxial this helps with as little signal loss as possible.

The Ethernet cable has its own power so anything less than 100 feet would see almost no loss.

The setup also is very easy with no need to look at IP addresses or any of the things older setups required.

To talk to the network a device such as a laptop is connected to setup a WiFi password and broadcast ID, much the same as any home router is setup.
what is the best wifi antenna set up for a rv or trailer 2016
After a device connects to a router using a Browser you will be able to connect to which ever access point is available.

So for example a campground may give you a URL to go to such as www.campground.net which would than have a page that ask for a username and password.

After that you would be online and be internet ready.

Summary
The SimpleWiFi Long Range WiFi antenna kit really is a nice option to have in a RV or trailer.

Of course older long range units can also be good with a bit more of a setup and installation.

A nice thing about older packages is the price has come down making them ideal for a tech savvy person to save money.

One such unit is the Alfa R36 802.11 b/g/N Repeater and Range Extender which works in combination with their USB wireless adapters, but many more are available.

As with any setup there is always some degree of skill required to install a unit.

As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure it is the right fit for you.