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How many G networks can you have

By matt1522
Jun 23, 2009
  1. My whole network keep going down(Wired and wireless), I suspect the reason is that there are too many G networks around me and it is interfering with my router and it keeps restarting to find a usable channel, But because I know just enough to install and secure the wireless router i wanted another opinion. So is it possible that my network keeps crashing because of the many other wireless networks within range( I count 10 right now all G, about 90% secured ).
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    You need to make sure that the connecting cables are shielded and are of hi quality
     
  3. matt1522

    matt1522 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    You are correct the cables are unshielded and it would be a good idea to get shielded twisted pair, but the problem only started 2 maybe 3 weeks ago. When the internet works it is really fast so i dont think there is interference on the line at least not alot
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,474   +329

    G routers use channels 1-11 domestically and Europe has chn #12 also.

    Determine which network SSIDs are using which channel AND
    which are encrypted vs unencrypted --
    now move yours to an unused channel or at least the channel with the lowest use count.

    You should use encryption in this order of preference {WPA2, WPA, WEP}.
    If all fail, then look for new firmware for the router.
     
  5. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 359

    Start by disabling your wireless transmissions, and only running the internet to a computer using cables.

    This will help determine if its more of a wireless problem, i.e., interference, or an internet problem.
     
  6. matt1522

    matt1522 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    I recounted the wireless and found 11 wireless networks(mine currently is disabled) so that uses up all of the channels I guess my question now is can two wireless netwoks be on the same channel at the same time and still work
     
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Yes, but while in use, the other network suffers.

    Your best bet is get a 5GHz router and wireless card so you can avoid this all together.
     
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