Some LangaList Plus readers took exception to Wi-Fi advice given in a recent column. I reply.
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“Repulsed” by Wi-Fi channel–selection advice
Reader Steve Lilley, along with a number of other readers, was more than unhappy with my May 8 column, “Curing unexplained Wi-Fi interruptions.”
“Just wanted to express my complete repulsion with one of Fred Langa’s suggestions in the latest edition of Windows Secrets.
“In it, he encouraged users to change their home router’s non-overlapping Wi-Fi channels (1, 6, and 11) to something in between. In the example, he changed his home router to Channel 3.
“That might sound like a great idea, but it’s actually terrible advice. In the 2.4GHz spectrum, only channels 1, 6, and 11 do not overlap. Wi-Fi was designed to ensure that different systems can coexist nicely. But this coexistence breaks down completely when using overlapping channels.
“Fred’s solution reduces the performance for everyone else operating on channels 1 and 6. He’s also likely made his own performance worse. Fred’s Wi-Fi signal is now viewed as interference to the Wi-Fi systems using the standard channels 1 and 6.