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Darknessfall
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5 Ghz Doesn't Seem to Need More Channels :)?

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As you can see below, there's a ton of 2.4 devices and only two 5(My router and a possible U-verse Wireless Receiver AP)

Kamus

join:2011-01-27
El Paso, TX
That's pretty bad, do you live in an apartment complex?


Darknessfall
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No, just holding my wireless adapter really high :P. I only normally pick up 8 or so when placed on top of my computer on the 2nd floor . WNDA4100


88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to Darknessfall
Why are all those people using channel 11? Are they stupid? I bet their connections suck which they promptly blame on their ISP instead of themselves.


Darknessfall
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2 edits
Lol I asked the same thing in a thread a month or so ago on this website. Most of them are 2wire U-verse gateways :P! Channel 1 is actually the clearest out of them all.

For your enjoyment with not holding my adapter up in the air:


AggieDan

@xo.net
The AT&T U-Verse gateways don't look around to see how congested the bands are and instead default. You have to manually change the channel. Luckily for me, none of my neighbours seem to have this figured this out, leaving me the opportunity to set my APs on different channels with less interference.


Darknessfall
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Both of my gateways that I received from AT&T had "Auto" for channel as the default.(3800/3801)

BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
reply to 88615298
I have traditionally seen channel 6 as the most, and 1 as the best. And then there's a few idiots on like 4 and 7, making only 2 usable (although one time in a dorm with horrendous interference, I found something like 3 or 4 to be the only thing that was remotely usable, as it partially fit in between 1 and 6).

xur17

join:2003-03-26
Cincinnati, OH
reply to AggieDan
I live in an apartment by my college, all of my neighbors except for 1 are on channel 11. I have no complaints though, as it leaves me 1 free non-overlapping channel, and 1 lightly used channel.


koolman2
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join:2002-10-01
Anchorage, AK
reply to Darknessfall
I like that lone 11b access point in there.


Darknessfall
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The B is someone's adhoc network which has been unsecured for years lol.

Just counted up how many per channel when holding my adapter in the air after about 10 minutes of letting InSSIDer pick up networks (All of the networks weren't all in range at once).

Channel - 2.4:
1 - 4 + 1 guest
2 - 2
3 - 1
4 - 2
5 - 2
6 - 4 + 1 guest
7 - 1
8 - 1
9 - 1
10 - 3
11 - 8

ssavoy
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join:2007-08-16
Dallas, PA
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reply to BiggA
I hate this. I'm forced to use channel 9 because 1, 6, and 11 are completely saturated. One neighbour runs two access points on two separate channels with 40MHz bandwidth and another uses channel 4. My LAN speeds over Wireless N rarely go past 20mbps on most channels. I get 30mbps on channel 9.

Another AP popped up last week on channel 7. I think 802.11ac will be my saving grace. I keep putting more devices on my wired network every week.


elios

join:2005-11-15
Springfield, MO
reply to Darknessfall
i dont get why WiFi doesnt use some thing like FHSS? we use it with our RC gear and it works great

Jazzemt

join:2009-02-12
USA
reply to Darknessfall
Which software are you using to display that?


streamer

@cable.net.co
reply to Darknessfall
What app is that i'd love to run it on my mac to see how bad my area is.


Darknessfall
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antdude
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United State
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reply to 88615298
said by 88615298:

Why are all those people using channel 11? Are they stupid? I bet their connections suck which they promptly blame on their ISP instead of themselves.

Not everyone is an expert, but illiterates. They just set them up and be done. Do they care about security? Nope.


antdude
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join:2001-03-25
United State
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reply to Jazzemt
said by Jazzemt:

Which software are you using to display that?

Probably InSIDDer.

BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
reply to ssavoy
You can also use dual-band N900, which works great.

public

join:2002-01-19
Santa Clara, CA
reply to elios
said by elios:

i dont get why WiFi doesnt use some thing like FHSS? we use it with our RC gear and it works great

The old 1Mbps radios used fhss. It is not an efficient modulation method.