any reason for channel 1 to be problematic?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by jhowarth, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. jhowarth

    jhowarth Network Guru Member

    I have noticed that, in my apartment complex, both my old WRT-54G and my new WRT-150N seem to have issues both in making and maintaining connections on channel 1. This seems quite odd to me because a wireless scan under Tomato on the WRT-54G showed that channel 1 was vacant. Is it more common for wireless phones to use channel 1? From what I have read, it doesn't seem that channel 1 should be more likely to suffer noise from microwave ovens and such. I am very puzzled by this. Thanks in advance for any clarifications.
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Not 100% sure, but some ITU Region 1 (Europe and other) frequencies for amateur radio overlaps up to 2415MHz or thereabouts. Channel 1 is at 2412MHz, smack in this band.

    So start looking for big antennas somewhere around you. I found one about 400m from me, and my channel 1 (and 2) is mostly stuffed. I also did not find any of my street's people using the lower bands, thus reckoning that their lower channels are also stuffed.

    I'm not saying that's it, but something to watch out for. Wish I had a spectrum analyzer....
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