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Router switching channel and drop in wifi speed

dudders
Newbie
Posts: 1
Registered: 23-11-2015

Router switching channel and drop in wifi speed

My router which had previously operated on channel 1 switched to channel 11.  This was accompanied by a drop in speed when tested on the wifi connection speed from 37.x Mbps to around 2.x Mbs.  LAN speed remained a consistent 37 or so Mbps.  Channel 1 not congested, tested using a wifi analyzer app.
Reset the router this morning and now back on channel 1 and wifi speed consistent with the LAN connection speed.
Why did the channel change? Why should the speed drop?  No idea.
May be helpful if anyone else has similar problem.
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Andrue
Aspiring Pro
Posts: 775
Thanks: 88
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Registered: 12-01-2015

Re: Router switching channel and drop in wifi speed

Quote from: dudders
Why did the channel change?
Possibly your router detected it has become congested, some routers have the ability to choose the best channel.
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Why should the speed drop?
Channel 11 might have been better than channel 1 but still worse than channel 1 was originally. Perhaps there was some transient broad spectrum interference. Perhaps your neighbours have been changing channels and caught your router out.
Sadly it's just another case of wifi being a bit ropey. If you want reliability go wired.