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Which wifi channel is best?

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I finally got my Switch's wifi working. So I noticed that my Switch's wifi's channel is 44. So which wifi channel is best for my Switch and other consoles?

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Hello. :wave:

 

When you say, "Switch's Wifi's channel" you are talking about the channel your console connects to your WiFi hotspot, right? If so, I personally set my router to use channels 6 or 7 because I once read a recommendation online stating that you're likely to find less interference using these channels. Reason being, most people when they set up their WiFi, it automatically defaults on using channel 1 most of the time so, in order to avoid any possible interference (laggy connection and whatnot), using a channel different than what everyone else is using is usually a good idea.

 

That's what I've heard, though. I'm not a network specialist by any means, so if anyone knows more about this, feel free to correct me.

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It depends on your vicinity or how many WiFi routers you have close by. The closer they are the more likely it is that they interfere with your WiFi devices. The best channel are the ones with no other device using it, or the least devices if the whole spectrum is being used. Usually your router can show you what channels are being used by other devices. However there is one problem you can only see other WiFi devices but no other interference from microwaves or anything that somehow sends signals on the 2,4ghz or 5ghz frequency.

 

As a rule you should place your router in the center of your apartment and 1 meter above ground. Same goes with any receiver. Higher up means they can communicate easier with each other. And keep any WiFi device away from powerlines or microwaves, at least 30 cm. As for the channel it might be best if you simply use the auto channel feature of your router if you are not that tech savvy.

 

Another thing that you can consider is the frequency, as in 2,4 or 5ghz. 2,4 is basically used by everything these days so the chances that some other device will interfere somehow is rather high. Especially in an environment with a lot of WiFi devices. 5gh on the other hand is a stronger frequency, which means it can handle more interference but not all devices support 5ghz yet. And 5gh is usually used as an official frequency like police radio, at least in our country. So if you are close the a police radio repeater you might not be able to 5ghz, or at least the specific police radio channel. But modern routers can scan anything in your area and automatically restrict you from using these channels, if they spot one.

 

One last thing, WiFi is a good network for normal traffic but it is usually not that great when it comes to online games. You ping/latency usually suffers when you use WiFi, depending on the strength of the signal and how many interference there is. And 5ghz is better for online gaming because it is a stronger frequency.

 

Hope that helps a bit. :)

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@Durandal Yeah. My stepmom hired someone to fix my Switch's Wifi issues yesterday. Since then, my Switch's wifi is good right now so far. Still, I need to keep an eye on it.

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Yeah, that's usually the case. Especially when you use the autochannel feature. It happens quite often that this feature messes things up. But if you pick a specific channel it sometimes happens that the router has a different opinion and picks a more crowded channel. I swear I sometimes think my router is possessed by an evil AI. :D

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