Once you have selected a new channel for your network with inSSIDer, the next step is to move your network to the new channel. All routers and access points are slightly different, so while this guide will give you a general idea of the process, it’s not an exact step-by-step tutorial.
Note: An ethernet cable works a bit better, because your router will disconnect your from the wireless network for a moment while it switches channels.
Note: Even though there are a few more possible addresses, it doesn’t take long to see the pattern. Try changing the second to last number if none of those work.
Note: Having a hard time understanding what an IP Address is? Check out the What is an IP Address? section below.
Note: On the router that we used, the wireless settings page was easy to find. Usually, you can locate it along the top or the left side, but it depends on the router. In some cases, it’s hidden in another menu.
Note: 1, 6, and 11 are the only three channels that don’t overlap, and putting your network on the same channel as another network is always a better idea than overlapping.
This is also a really good time to make sure that you are using WPA2 for security, and 20 MHz channels only (not 40 MHz or "bonded" channels).
Note: If you are connected wirelessly, it might take a moment for the channel to switch and for your computer to reconnect. Restart inSSIDer to verify that the changes have been applied.
If you can’t figure out a step, or if run into difficulty in general, there a few things you can do to figure it out:
Each router hosts a tiny webpage that you access to configure it. Just like a website has an address (such as www.metageek.com), your router has an address. Since it's a home router, it doesn't need a name reserved for it, so it's just a numerical address. Typing in the address in the address bar on your browser will take you to the configuration page for your router.
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