How to select the best channel For Your WIFI Network
When an ISP handles broadband services for us, it is often equipped with an ONT, and many ONTs have optional WIFI channel functions, such as Huawei EG8145V5, ZTE ZXHN F670L, etc.
Having a Wi-Fi connection in the office is very useful. It simplifies communication, helps increase productivity and convenience, and improves customer satisfaction. Having fast connections at home allows us to enjoy more entertainment and enrich our lives.
But to get the most out of Wi-Fi in your office and home, you need to set up a good wireless network that provides a strong, fast connection with minimal interference. One of the best ways to ensure a strong wireless connection is to choose the right Wi-Fi channel.
What is a Wifi channel?
A Wi-Fi channel is the range of frequencies within which wireless devices can communicate. The frequencies used by Wi-Fi networks are typically divided into 14 channels in the 2.4 GHz band, 34 channels in the 5 GHz band, and up to 59 channels in the 6 GHz band.
Each frequency has its own specific bandwidth—the amount of data that can be transmitted through the channel. The higher the bandwidth, the faster the wireless connection will be. For example, the 2.4GHz band can support up to 11Mbps, the 5GHz band can support up to 54Mbps, and the 6GHz band can support up to 240Mbps.
The Importance of Using the Correct Wi-Fi Channel
Choosing the best Wi-Fi channel for your network is important. The right channel can make a huge difference in performance, speed, and reliability. However, the wrong channel can cause interference from other nearby wireless networks or devices, such as cell phones or Bluetooth devices, resulting in slow connections or even data loss.
However, before you choose which channel to use, you need to choose a frequency. The frequency you choose depends largely on your network usage.
The 2.4GHz band is the most commonly used frequency and is generally best suited for devices that require a wide range and speed is not as critical, such as wireless printers. It’s also suitable for basic activities such as web browsing, email, and basic file transfers.
It has the advantage of reaching further than other frequencies, meaning devices can connect even if they are far away from the access point. This can benefit organizations that need to cover large areas with wireless networks.
The disadvantages of the 2.4GHz band are that it is technically slower than the 5GHz band and is more susceptible to interference from other wireless networks or devices. Therefore, it is not suitable for activities that require high-speed data transfer, such as downloading large files or streaming videos.
The 2.4GHz band typically consists of 14 channels, with the best channels to use is 1, 6, and 11 (or any channel not set to factory defaults in a pinch).
The 5GHz band is a popular choice for activities that require fast data transfer, such as streaming video or downloading and uploading large files.
It also offers faster speeds than the 2.4GHz band, making it ideal for applications that require moving large amounts of data quickly, such as downloading HD videos and video conferencing. The 5GHz band also offers more channels, allowing for better channel spacing and less interference.
However, the 5GHz band has a much shorter range than the 2.4GHz band, which means it’s not ideal for devices that need to connect far away from access points. This can be inconvenient for organizations with large wireless coverage areas. The upshot is that you will most likely need some additional access points, but not always.
The best channels used on the 5GHz band are 36, 40, 44, 48, and 149-165.
In addition, there are also updates to 6GHz, such as HN8546X6 and EG8145X6, which support this new frequency.
The 6GHz band is a relatively new frequency that is particularly beneficial for activities that require fast data transmission over short distances, such as wireless video conferencing. The 6GHz band also offers more channels than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, providing better channel spacing and less interference.
However, the 6GHz band has a much shorter range than the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Devices connected to 6GHz networks must support the 6GHz band.
The best channels used on the 6GHz band are 40-59.