What Are Wi-Fi Channels?
As we’ve discussed previously, routers have a number of Wi-Fi channels available to them depending on how many bands they have.
Single band routers use one 2.4 GHz band, dual band routers use one 2.4 GHz band and one 5 GHz band, and a tri-band router uses one 2.4 GHz band and two 5 GHz bands.
This is all in an effort to speed up, streamline and control network traffic in a more effective manner.
If you can buy a dual band or tri-band router, make use of that 5 GHz frequency. The reason being is that, besides being much faster, it also gives you more channels to work with.
Unlike the 2.4 GHz frequency, which has three non-overlapping channels, the 5 GHz frequency has nine non-overlapping channels: 165, 161, 157, 153, 149, 48, 44, 40 and 36. This is sure to improve your network’s connection speed greatly.
List Of All Wi-Fi channels
- 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g/n)
- 3.65 GHz (802.11y)
- 4.9 GHz (802.11y) Public Safety WLAN
- 5 GHz (802.11a/h/j/n/ac)
- 5.9 GHz (802.11p)
- 60 GHz (802.11ad)
- 900 MHz (802.11ah)