Fine Tuning Your Router

Tuning your router's channels can help you avoid wireless interference which leads to slow WiFi. Some common symptoms of wireless interference are:

  • Device doesn't connect or stay connected
  • Connection is slow and signal strength is low
  • Buffering video

How to adjust Netgear router's wireless channels

You will first need to login to your router. To do this simply open up a web browser and go to the website You will need to enter credentials to get into the router settings. The standard username is 'admin' and the password default is 'password'. If the default password does not work, try entering your Wi-Fi password. Now that you are inside the settings page(check below image) look for the 'Wireless' tab on the far left. From here you will see about mid page 'Channels'. This is where you can tune your router's channels to help improve your Wi-Fi. The recommended starting point is channel 1 on your 2.4ghz network, and channel 161 on your 5ghz network. There is no perfect way to know which channels are best. We always recommend you never have your router set to 'Auto' it will NOT automatically change your channel; it actually will leave it on the default 153 channel. Sometimes, you will need to use the trial and error method to find which channels work best. Our tech support department can run a scan to help advise you on which channels would be most efficient 208-403-0505.

A few other great tips to help reduce wireless interference:

  • Bring your Wi-Fi device and Wi-Fi router closer together.
  • Avoid using your wireless devices near common sources of interference, such as power cables, microwave ovens, baby monitors, fluorescent lights, wireless video cameras, and cordless phones.
  • Avoid physical obstructions that are in the path of your wireless signal. Examples: Having your router behind a television, in a closed area, in a basement, or next to a water heater
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