How to Change the Channel on a Wireless Router

Wi-Fi trouble? Try this quick fix.
Ash Ash (362)
5 minutes

Wireless routers operate on a series of channels. Much like when you tune into a radio station, each wireless router you interact with is broadcasting on a unique frequency.

If two routers using the same channel are too close, they can interfere with each other which can result in a slower network connection. If you suspect this is the case for your wireless network, you can try changing the wireless channel. Check out our guide on how to check your Wi-Fi speed for a before and after comparison of each channel.

What is a Wi-Fi channel?

A Wi-Fi channel refers to the frequency utilized by a wireless router. There are two frequency ranges used in today's hardware: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

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Router login

Most routers can be accessed using a web browser from any device (computer, smartphone, etc). Log in to the router when the prompt appears. If you haven't logged in to your router before, you will need the default login credentials.

If your router comes from your ISP, check with them for login assistance. If you purchased your own router, check with the manufacturer.

Router Channel Settings

Each router manufacturer has a unique web interface, so the exact location of the settings we need to change will vary between devices. Look through the menus for Channel settings; it can usually be found in the Wireless settings section. And in some cases, you may need to look under Advanced settings.

Change Router Channel

Once you've located the channel changing options, take note of the current settings. When you're ready, adjust the Wi-Fi channel to reflect a new value. You may need to experiment to find a frequency without interference.

If you can't find the appropriate settings or are unable to change the channel, check with your ISP or device manufacturer for support. Check their website for any online troubleshooting guides or walkthroughs on the channel changing process.

You may also be interested in our guide on how to use a router.

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Ash Ash (362)
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Keeping an eye on your Wi-Fi speed is a good way to look out for network issues. How fast your Wi-Fi is will impact things like streaming, downloading, and online gaming.