Networking – What channel should I use for 2.4 GHz band

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I recently flashed my wireless router with a new firmware to solve an issue I had with the old one. It's a dual band router with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Previously, I was connecting my desktop PC on the 5 GHz band, and there were no performance issues, as long as there were no connection issues with Windows or the router.

But this time around, I decided to connect to the 2.4 GHz band instead, because I would like to preserve the 5 GHz band for media streaming. But since I live in an apartment complex there are many WiFi networks in my surrounding. So I have noticed some performance issues. It becomes very evident when I try to use web services like YouTube where the buffering stops after some time when watching a video, even though the video is only 5 or 10 minutes long and resolution is set to 480p.

I did a quick check with inSSIDer 2.1 and found that my neighbors are all using the 2.4 GHz band. Here are some screenshots.

inssider 1
inssider 7

Some additional screenshots to show the variation:

My WiFi is the dark blue one.

  1. Could the green Tele2 and the yellow TP-LINK network be causing interference with my own WiFi network?
  2. Which one is more likely to cause interference, the one that is on the same channel (green), or the one that's on a higher channel but has a stronger signal (yellow), when compared to the other one?
  3. Why is the TP-LINK network so wide?
  4. Given this diagram, what would be the best way to configure my WiFi network?

Update:

The networks Tele2Gateway, TP-LINK, and Netgear_Privat are so weak that they keep disappearing and reappearing in inSSIDer and they are not even shown in the D-Link driver software of my wireless adapter (DWA-160).

I have changed from 1 to channel 13 now and gained some signal strength. From around 62% in D-Link software to 76% now. But it still overlaps that yellow line (TP-LINK_E450F0). I don't think I can avoid it without going to channel 14, which I don't have.

On channel 1:
d-link dwa-160 driver software 1

On channel 13:
d-link dwa-160 driver software 2

(The Tele2Gateway was caught on this screenshot, and is said to be 10% of full signal strength.)

Best Answer

The typical channel choices for 2.4GHz are 1, 6, and 11. Seeing as 6 and 11 are already taken, leave your router on channel 1.