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Additional channels on WPC54G

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by tadracket, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. tadracket

    tadracket Guest

    First, let me say I am a noob at wireless equip modding and this forum. I installed HyperWRT on my WRT54G yesterday and was pleased with the options it opened up for me. My question is, what could I do to open up channel 12 and 13 on my WPC54G ver1? I have searched the forums and cant find anything. Like I said, I am new to this forum so if it is a legal issue that linksysinfo wishes to stay away from, I apologize in advance for posting this question. Thanks for any info.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Hopefully you are not in Canada or the USA, since you ashould not be using channels 12 and 13. I do not know if the FCC polices the actual channels used, unless someone complains about the interference.
  3. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    Nah, no legal issues to worry about for us, that i know of. You just have to be careful about what channels you use in your locale. I can just say - you know the rules and you're obviously mature enough to make the decisions about what you want to follow or not.

    That said, if you were in a region that supported channels 12 and 13, they should be available through the regional drivers for that product. If you are not in the US - they can be found through linksys' regional site.. http://www.linksys.com/international/default.asp

    But that said, the only non-overlapping channels even with 12 and 13 available, are still 1, 6, and 11. Your best bet is to do a site survey and see what chanels are currently being used and pick one of those three that aren't.
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    In reality, the benefits of non-overlapping characteristic of channels 1, 6, 11 are exaggerated. After a site survey, the best practice is to pick the channel with the furthest separation from all other channels in use.

    I have to switch channels recently after my neighbours jumped on to the wireless bandwagon - the furthest channel from everyone for me right now is channel 3.
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You should be at least five channels from any of your neighbor's access points if possible. For example the default channel is 6 so you should be on 1 or 11, but if your neighbor is on 2 you at least should be on 7. The idea to be a far as possible away from your neighbor's channel.
  6. tadracket

    tadracket Guest

    I only have one neighbor with wireless (for now), but I like the security idea of being on a channel that noone else can see (legalities understood). Plus I like to be a little rebelious. I did a project on War-Driving for my LAN class and was really suprised at how easy it was to find and use others networks. I want to go that one step further and use a channel that most people probably don't know about. Thanks for all the info. I'll try the regional driver when I get home.

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