Changing The Channel On Your Router May Resolve Connectivity Issues

With many people working from home, as we deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic, you may find your network router connection slowing down or even dropping off due to the demands that are being placed on our networks. I recently had an experience where the devices in my home that are dependent on the 2.4GHz band would suddenly, without rhyme or reason, drop off of the network. The devices and computers that were connected to the 5GHz band remained connected. Without getting into the specifics about these two wireless bands, the 2.4GHz spectrum has fewer non-overlapping channels than the 5GHz spectrum; AND, these two bands are common band spectrums (frequencies) that you see associated with today’s routers. Some devices allow you to use both frequencies (such as computers, tablets phones); whereas, other devices are only locked into the 2.4GHz band (such as smart home devices, cameras, etc..). The two bands subsequently work off of channels that the router, typically by default, will auto assign (but, you can manually set the channel by going into the settings of the router).

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To deal with the issue I was experiencing I decided to manually set the 2.4GHz on one channel and so far this has resolved my issue. I had a selection of 11 channels. I went with channel 6. To change the channel on your router you will need to find the web address to your router. Typically this address looks something like this (192.168.0.1) and can be found in the manual for your router (or search for it on the web). Once you have the address, go to a computer in your home that is on your home network, enter the address in your web browser. Once connected to the router’s web interface, you will need the username and password to access the settings (which are in the manual or can be found on the internet). Once logged in, look for the 2.4GHz settings. In my case I found that the default channel setting was at “auto” and I changed it to “Channel 6”. While in the settings, I changed my password to something I could remember. You also may have option to change the channel for the 5GHz band. In my case, I left that set at “auto”

So far, all devices are staying connected in my home that are using the 2.4GHz band spectrum. I am thinking at this point that due to the network saturation at my location, at this point in time, the poor performance was due to the fact that too many routers were utilizing the same wireless channel and were fighting for bandwidth.


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eToolz – A Batch of Network Tools In One Application

eToolz eliminates having to go to the command line to launch commonly used network testing tools by including the most important tools wrapped up into one application. eToolz is portable and can be used on USB devices.

Features:
  • Includes some of the most important network tools like DNS Lookup, Ping, TraceRoute and Whois.
  • The most importatnt DNS entries can be shown (A, PTR, NS, MX, TXT und SOA).
  • Automatic or manual query for Whois server incl. automatic redirection.
  • Mail addresses can be checked for validity.
  • Mail headers can be broken down and the received lines can be checked for plausibility.
  • Query and update the system time using various time servers.
  • Query the external IP address and the external host name through Web services.
  • Display the installed and available network adapters and their corresponding IPv4 statistics.
  • Display the HTTP headers for a URL.
  • eToolz supports internationalized domain names.
  • eToolz is portable and can be used on USB devices.

Source: eToolz – The most important network tools in one application


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Save 35% on the TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router (a #1 Best Seller at Amazon)

The TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router is a “#1 Best Seller” at Amazon. At the time of this posting 6,092 people had reviewed this item and 68% of those people gave this router a “5-Star” review rating. I do not know how long this price reduction will last.

TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router

Specs: AC1750 wifi router/wireless router. One of routers for wireless internet, wireless routers for home. Dual band router and gigabit router. Ideal as internet router also gaming router. Long range coverage with high speed. Compatible with all 802.11ac devices and below. 5ghz router/5g router Frequency Range: 2.4GHz and 5GHz; Interface Available: 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports, 1 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port, 1 USB 2.0 Ports; Protocols Supported: Supports IPv4 and IPv6; System Requirement: Microsoft Windows 98SE NT 2000 XP Vista, or Windows 7 Windows 8/8.1/10, MAC OS NetWare UNIX or Linux; Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz

Source: Amazon – TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router


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Android App Selection for 08/05/2019 – OpenSignal

Open Signal

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Source: Google Play

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The free OpenSignal app is packed with features to help you accurately measure the everyday experience you receive on your mobile network. No estimates. Includes:

  • Download speed, upload speed and latency test, test speeds on cellular or wifi
  • History of speed tests, visualized on a map or list
  • Stats on network availability – how much time you are connected to 2G, 3G, 4G, or have no signal
  • Stats on speeds experienced on all networks worldwide
  • Independent coverage maps made with data contributed by users
  • Free and ad-free

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What is the differences between 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G?

Computer and smartphone users at home are beginning to get curious about the new 5G cellular technology. To help you understand what the differences are between the different generations of cellular transmission technologies, I extracted the below information from a PCMag article (see source link below).

The G in this 5G means it’s a generation of wireless technology. While most generations have technically been defined by their data transmission speeds, each has also been marked by a break in encoding methods, or “air interfaces,” that make it incompatible with the previous generation.

1G was analog cellular. 2G technologies, such as CDMA, GSM, and TDMA, were the first generation of digital cellular technologies. 3G technologies, such as EVDO, HSPA, and UMTS, brought speeds from 200kbps to a few megabits per second. 4G technologies, such as WiMAX and LTE, were the next incompatible leap forward, and they are now scaling up to hundreds of megabits and even gigabit-level speeds.

5G brings three new aspects to the table: greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices).

Source: PCMag – What Is 5G?

How To Use The Electric Lines In Your House To Create A Wired Computer Network

Many folks at home are unaware of the technology where, with inexpensive devices, you can create a wired computer network within the confines of your home by using your existing electrical wiring. Setting this up is actually quite simple (plug and play) and be done by using the devices manufactured by TP-Link. Typically one device is plugged into an electrical outlet at your router then plugged (via ethernet cable) to your router. The other device(s) are then plugged into outlets in your home, paired with the main one at the router, then plugged into the computer or components using an ethernet cable.

Wired networking will give you better security, speed, and performance; which, are the main reasons to give this a try. It is one of those networking options that people do not think about and/or are totally unaware of. This eliminates having to run networking cable all through your house and is a good option if your wireless connectivity is poor in certain areas.

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Save On The NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

Amazon has the NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender with $10 off the regular price, plus apply the extra savings coupon, that is currently available, to get an additional $5 off… This extender is ideal for boosting or extending the range of your existing WiFi network.

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  • Ideal for extending WiFi to devices like the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
  • Dual band WiFi up to 750 Mbps
  • Supports new 802.11ac & b/g/n WiFi devices
  • External antennas for better performance, Access Point mode creates a WiFi hotspot using a wired Ethernet connection
  • Convenient wall-plug design
  • Works with any WiFi router
  • FastLane Technology – Use both Wi-Fi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming & gaming
  • NOTE: Check instruction video before use

 

 

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