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So, I am in range of something like 20 wifi networks at different places in my house, and I'm still using the default router channel because I honestly don't know any better. I believe I actually am getting some signal interference from some neighbors signals, but I can't be sure, and it's not big deal anyway. I have only recently become very interested in network structure, architecture, protocol, etc., and so I don't really know which frequency to pick. Here is the text . Maybe some one knows which frequency I should choose (and maybe the quick and easy way to choose it) Any other cool information, maybe a little knowledge on why I should pick a certain frequency, or any other ways this text file might be useful for my network security would be good too. I tried to upload as a text file but I wasn't allowed to do that. Thanks!

SSID : (This is my network)

Last Signal : 23%

Average Signal : 18%

Detection Counter : 9

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : WPA-PSK

Cipher : TKIP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:49:13 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:49:49 PM

MAC Address : 00-00-00-00-00-00

RSSI : -86

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Cisco-Linksys, LLC

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID : NETGEAR

Last Signal : 21%

Average Signal : 32%

Detection Counter : 27

Security Enabled : No

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : None

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:49:48 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:33 PM

MAC Address : 00-1b-2f-e5-dc-d2

RSSI : -87

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.412

Channel Number : 1

Company Name : NETGEAR Inc.

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID : (Mine again, not sure why its here twice)

Last Signal : 100%

Average Signal : 100%

Detection Counter : 9

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : WPA-PSK

Cipher : TKIP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:49:48 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:49:57 PM

MAC Address :

RSSI :

Channel Frequency (GHz):

Channel Number :

Company Name :

Maximum Speed : 0 Mbps

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SSID : RANDY

Last Signal : 23%

Average Signal : 23%

Detection Counter : 17

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : WPA-PSK

Cipher : TKIP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:49:49 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:24 PM

MAC Address : 00-1e-2a-4f-ad-34

RSSI : -86

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Netgear Inc.

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID : Belkin_N1_Wireless_214FC3

Last Signal : 23%

Average Signal : 32%

Detection Counter : 35

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:49:53 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:45 PM

MAC Address : 00-17-3f-21-4f-c3

RSSI : -86

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Belkin Corporation

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID : windyhillcamping

Last Signal : 20%

Average Signal : 34%

Detection Counter : 55

Security Enabled : No

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : None

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:12 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:07 PM

MAC Address : 00-1d-7e-f7-2c-3c

RSSI : -88

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Cisco-Linksys, LLC

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID : 2WIRE723

Last Signal : 23%

Average Signal : 34%

Detection Counter : 36

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:13 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:51 PM

MAC Address : 00-18-3f-73-40-a9

RSSI : -86

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : 2Wire, Inc

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID : m and d campground

Last Signal : 21%

Average Signal : 22%

Detection Counter : 18

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : WPA-PSK

Cipher : TKIP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:18 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:42 PM

MAC Address : 00-18-39-b5-2e-bf

RSSI : -87

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Cisco-Linksys LLC

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID : deades

Last Signal : 23%

Average Signal : 23%

Detection Counter : 1

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : WPA-PSK

Cipher : TKIP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:37 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:37 PM

MAC Address : 00-23-69-67-4d-af

RSSI : -86

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.442

Channel Number : 7

Company Name : Cisco-Linksys, LLC

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 41%

Average Signal : 29%

Detection Counter : 62

Security Enabled : No

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : None

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:39 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:52:01 PM

MAC Address : 00-17-59-db-d5-d0

RSSI : -75

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.452

Channel Number : 9

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 20%

Average Signal : 24%

Detection Counter : 60

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:45 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:59 PM

MAC Address : 00-12-43-35-3e-60

RSSI : -88

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Cisco

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 26%

Average Signal : 30%

Detection Counter : 58

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:46 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:52:00 PM

MAC Address : 00-13-19-85-49-e0

RSSI : -84

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.442

Channel Number : 7

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 11 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 25%

Average Signal : 26%

Detection Counter : 9

Security Enabled : No

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : None

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:47 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:09 PM

MAC Address : 00-19-56-e9-73-10

RSSI : -85

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.462

Channel Number : 11

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 20%

Average Signal : 24%

Detection Counter : 12

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:49 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:15 PM

MAC Address : 00-19-aa-26-74-40

RSSI : -88

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.412

Channel Number : 1

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 20%

Average Signal : 21%

Detection Counter : 5

Security Enabled : No

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : None

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:49 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:13 PM

MAC Address : 00-19-56-e9-66-40

RSSI : -88

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.412

Channel Number : 1

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 21%

Average Signal : 21%

Detection Counter : 1

Security Enabled : No

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : None

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:52 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:52 PM

MAC Address : 00-1a-6c-3c-76-a0

RSSI : -87

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.462

Channel Number : 11

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID : DragonFire

Last Signal : 18%

Average Signal : 20%

Detection Counter : 3

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : WPA-PSK

Cipher : TKIP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:55 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:29 PM

MAC Address : 00-1c-10-4f-59-67

RSSI : -89

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Cisco-Linksys, LLC

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID : Graham Bible College

Last Signal : 21%

Average Signal : 26%

Detection Counter : 13

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:57 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:12 PM

MAC Address : 00-0d-3a-28-da-51

RSSI : -87

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Microsoft Corp.

Maximum Speed : 54 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 20%

Average Signal : 26%

Detection Counter : 8

Security Enabled : No

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : None

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:57 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:14 PM

MAC Address : 00-19-56-e9-aa-e0

RSSI : -88

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 20%

Average Signal : 20%

Detection Counter : 16

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:50:58 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:52:01 PM

MAC Address : 00-19-aa-14-80-00

RSSI : -88

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 21%

Average Signal : 22%

Detection Counter : 12

Security Enabled : No

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : None

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:02 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:52 PM

MAC Address : 00-19-56-e9-65-b0

RSSI : -87

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.412

Channel Number : 1

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 28%

Average Signal : 23%

Detection Counter : 47

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:04 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:52:01 PM

MAC Address : 00-19-56-e9-69-d0

RSSI : -83

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.462

Channel Number : 11

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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SSID :

Last Signal : 16%

Average Signal : 18%

Detection Counter : 2

Security Enabled : Yes

Connectable : Yes

Authentication : 802.11 Open

Cipher : WEP

PHY Types : ERP

First Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:12 PM

Last Detected On : 1/16/2010 6:51:58 PM

MAC Address : 00-19-56-e9-65-c0

RSSI : -90

Channel Frequency (GHz): 2.437

Channel Number : 6

Company Name : Cisco Systems

Maximum Speed : 2 Mbps

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Best bet is probably channel 8.

Cool. Do you know of the best and or easiest way to change it permanently so that the (awful) Linksys software won't try to change it back? I don't evne know if that is a possibility or not, but as a general rule, I don't trust anything made by Cisco-Linksys to do what it's supposed to do and not do what it's not supposed to do. Like I said, i'm pretty new to network tweaking, so it would help a lot to have instructions from someone who already knows rather than to figure it out myself, even though it would probably be very easy. I fond the linksys software to be very flaky in assuming that I want it to do certain things for me when I actually don't want it to do anything.

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Ideally, everyone should use channels 1, 6 and 11 because they don't overlap with each other. Not everyone sticks to that advice though, as your scan shows. Regardless, I'd recommend 11 because fewer people are using it than 6, and there's only a couple of APs overlapping it. Failing that, go for 1, there seem to be less overlapping APs down that end of the spectrum. YMMV.

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Ideally, everyone should use channels 1, 6 and 11 because they don't overlap with each other. Not everyone sticks to that advice though, as your scan shows. Regardless, I'd recommend 11 because fewer people are using it than 6, and there's only a couple of APs overlapping it. Failing that, go for 1, there seem to be less overlapping APs down that end of the spectrum. YMMV.

I think I read somewhere about that overlapping issue. I wanted to choose 11, but unfortunately it was already being used by someone who is pretty close, but now it's looking like 11 is still the best bet.

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Use Inssider to give you a pretty picture of the spectrum and where it is clearest.

That looks like a very cool utility, however, the website says that it doesn't play nice with 64 bit windows, which is what I use on my laptop. I have 32 windows on my desktop, but it's not quite in range of all of the networks. It doesn't say anything about the compatibility of Windows 7 (laptop), but I assume that if it doesnt work well with vista 64 bit, that it probably won't work well with 64 bit Win7. I haven't tried out the cool XP compatibility mode in 7 yet, maybe now i s a good time because I really want to try this tool out. Any thoughts?

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That looks like a very cool utility, however, the website says that it doesn't play nice with 64 bit windows, which is what I use on my laptop. I have 32 windows on my desktop, but it's not quite in range of all of the networks. It doesn't say anything about the compatibility of Windows 7 (laptop), but I assume that if it doesnt work well with vista 64 bit, that it probably won't work well with 64 bit Win7. I haven't tried out the cool XP compatibility mode in 7 yet, maybe now i s a good time because I really want to try this tool out. Any thoughts?

What's Unique about inSSIDer?

* Use Windows Vista and Windows XP 64-bit.

Yes, download and try it yourself. I've not used Windows x86 for some time now and it plays fine with Vista x64 and 7 x64. FYI the XP compatibility mode is just a copy of XP running inside the latest version of Virtual PC with some desktop integration stuff over the top. Its far from idea for this type of stuff. Lastly, if this doesn't work then you will need to look at a spectrum analyzer.

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Virtual XP in Windows 7 works just fine if you have a USB wifi card, I used to use a USB wifi card in VMWare too, you just connect the device to the VM, it's pretty easy, you'd hardly even know you were in a VM half the time, all this wireless stuff works just great in them.

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Yes, download and try it yourself. I've not used Windows x86 for some time now and it plays fine with Vista x64 and 7 x64. FYI the XP compatibility mode is just a copy of XP running inside the latest version of Virtual PC with some desktop integration stuff over the top. Its far from idea for this type of stuff. Lastly, if this doesn't work then you will need to look at a spectrum analyzer.

Eek. Didn't know that the XP compatibility mode was just a VM running XP. That raises a lot of questions. I've never used VM's extensively, hopefully I won't need to...

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Eek. Didn't know that the XP compatibility mode was just a VM running XP. That raises a lot of questions. I've never used VM's extensively, hopefully I won't need to...

For the latest version of XP mode your hardware has to support virtualization. Mine didn't. There's an app called securable that will check.

Instead I use VMWare Player. The latest version allows you to create blank VM to load an operating system on. It didn't previously.

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