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Find optimum WIFI channel and placement for your WIFI devices; Tutorial
Topic Started: Jan 23 2010, 11:59 PM (5,058 Views)
CapwnD
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Find optimum WIFI channel and placement for your WIFI devices; Tutorial

You should be using WPA2 Personal with AES cipher type, found in your wireless router's wireless security settings.

Try different channels and see which one has the best signal strength. Look for signals that don't overlap with neighbors signals. Metageek.net has a neat program:

http://www.metageek.net/support/downloads

Select the inSSIDer program. install and run it on a computer that connects wirelessly, and it will show the channels of all the networks it can see. Also, move the laptop and move the router to different positions and locations to see what gives the best and most constant signal.

EDIT: In todays day and age, it's probably easier to just get an app for your phone or tablet. WIFI Analyzer on Android works great.

To increase the range and signal strength, you can try a parabolic antenna. You can build a parabolic antenna and attach it your router antenna, and also your device antennas. It may help boost the strength of the signal. There are more complex versions, but this is an easy one that I came across at Freeantennas.com:
http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template2/index.html
Edited by CapwnD, Oct 30 2014, 01:05 AM.
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This video talks about some of the things I mentioned here


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Another thing that I do is use two or more routers. You set one as your primary router, and connect another one or two or however many you want. Wired of course. You set them up as wireless access points.

You can set the SSID and the security type as the same, and use opposite ends of the channels for each. You can walk from one end of the house to the other and see it dip down then back up as you connect to the other router.

To do this, first set up the access points. Connect to the router that you want to turn into a wireless access point, and disable the firewall and DHCP server. Then change the IP address to 1 number above your primary router's IP address. So if the primary router's IP address is 192.168.1.1, make the wireless access point IP address 192.168.1.2

Next hook up that access point to the router, plugging nothing into the WAN port of the access point (or you could use DDWRT firmware and turn that 5th port into a LAN port). Reboot the PC that you were using to configure the access point so that it can again connect to the primary router.

You could make a couple of 5ghz access points, hook up another for your 2.4ghz devices... whatever you want. You'd want to use a different SSID for 5ghz vs 2.4ghz. And be sure to use the same security type if you are using the same SSIDs.
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This would be really cool and useful if my house was actually big enough to have weak spots for my wifi >_>
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haha yeah, my house is rather large, but the signal is perfect throughout. I think most of that is because the nearest neighbor is half a mile away.
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