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Wireless Channel and radio mode

I live in an apartment and there about 10-20 other wireless networks and I want the perfect channels and radio combo to have the least interference and work the best. What should I use? Any ideas?

I can broadcast both 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneous, so which set up is the best?

1st pic shows all the radio modes I have

2nd pic is all the channels for 2.4GHz

3rs pic is all the channels for 5GHz
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Search for, download and install NetStumbler on your PC. It will seach the bands and tell you what you have active in your area.

Ideally, you would use channels 1, 6 or 11 in 2.4 GHz, and the top or bottom channel in 5.8 GHz. This is because these channels do not interleave with each other. However, if you are in an apartment, you will likely find that all channels are in use.

So with NetStumbler, you can see all the access points in range, what channels they are on, and what signal strengths they have (higher negative numbers are lower signal).

Choose the channel on the preferred band with the least interfering signals (i.e. the weakest and least number of signals. Set your access point up on that (least used) channel for the best coverage.

My guess is that you will find 5GHz to be less crowded, but all your devices may not support 802.11a (5GHz) standards. So you may have to choose both a 2.4 and a 5.8 GHz channel in order to get everything you own to work.

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probably less interference from other users, cordless phones, microwave ovens on the 5GHz band.

set your Mac to use the 802.11a or 802.11n 5GHz

I leave my 2.4GHz b/g/n for guests, phone wifi, ipad users so it doesn't impact my own computer wireless use
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