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    Posted: 01 May 2015 at 10:24pm
For anyone having problems with wireless internet slowing down at home, and you have neighbors, I suggest that you change the channel number in your router.

Every time I change routers my download speed gets slow as molasses.  It turns out that routers usually default to 'Auto' mode, which selects the channel number automatically (based on a sampling of traffic in the area).  But they only assign one of three channels:  1, 6, or 11.  If you have neighbors, 90% of them will most likely be on those same channels.

Even if the other signals are weak, interference on the same frequency is not rejected as noise; it causes handshaking, which is bandwidth sharing.  When these other signals are busy, as when streaming, it can really slow your throughput down.

So when I get a new router I log into it (with the ethernet cable), change the channel select mode to 'Manual', and set the channel to 3, 4, 5, or 8.  The results are amazing.  The download speed jumps up to 30 Mbps from something less than 7 Mbps, and often as slow as 1 Mbps!

Hope this helps someone.  YMMV of course.

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Recommended tools:

Wifi info viewer, just an .exe, no install needed.  Shows what channels the neighbors are on.
http://download.cnet.com/WifiInfoView/3000-18508_4-75764072.html

Simple speed test site.  Click on "Begin Test", not "Start Now."
http://www.speedtest.net/

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I use WiFi Explorer for Android. Shows useful graphs about channel usage, signal strength and just about everything else that's useful.
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