[lug] New to BLUG router question

David Leonard david at appliedtrust.com
Thu Nov 2 20:45:56 MDT 2017

Welcome to Boulder! I know you will have a great time at the Meetup! Im in
Dallas now but I loved going when I was there.

As for your question, Channel 14 is not licensed by the FCC for use in the
US. You can actually only use 14 in Japan. Also your microwave will badly
interfere with 14. Even though that Netgear is definitely a leg up over the
draft-N airlink, you're not going to see terribly better performance unless
you jump to AC. I would recommend whatever the current version of the
TPLink Archer C7 is. I used that when I was just getting started with my
Nextlight Fiber.

Congestion is going to be a problem anywhere now. I just recommend going
with the least congested and using the 5ghz band, which won't travel as far
but has a ton less congestion.

On Nov 2, 2017 7:27 PM, "Lee Cole" <lee at bicyclingpenguin.org> wrote:

Hello everyone,

I am new to Colorado. Been in Southern California all my life till October
30 this year. My wife's work has us now in Longmont. More on that later. I
was with 2 Linux Users Groups, SCLUG, VCLUG and volunteered at SCaLE for
about 7 years. Found BLUG and am looking forward to the next meeting.
Missed last month. Been using Linux as my primary OS from 2003.

I have a question on my router's signal strength. Using WiFi Analyzer on my
Android phone it says channel 14 is excellent. My current channel is 6
which does not do well. Is there any reason why 14 would be so good beyond
the fact that no one else in my local neighborhood is using it on their
routers? Is there any reason why channel 14 should not be used? Or?

Seems there are 15 +/- devices / routers in range.

My current router is a dual band Airlink AR670W N Router which is the only
one I could find in my storage room. Just ordered a Netgear N900 Dual Band
Gigabit Router to go with my NexLight fiber connection.

I am planning to attend the next meeting.

Thank you,

Lee Cole

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