- Jul 21, 2015
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Let me preface this by saying I am a firm believer in the "If it can be wired it should be wired" mantra. I kind of despise wifi these days - I even have extra outlets in the places I use my laptop so I can use gigabit. I moved into an apartment a couple months ago, and I was allowed to cable the entire place. But I have a 1st gen Fire stick in my bedroom with unrootable FW, and because of that I can't use an OTG ethernet adapter. I'm holding off buying a new one right now because I want the one with the embedded Echo that's supposedly coming out. Its Plex streaming performance on N 2.4GHz has always kind of sucked (always get the "Connection to server is not fast enough" error and have to switch to low bitrate transcode), and I have never been able to get it to connect to the 5GHz band on my router - but that router has now crapped out so its moot. I dug out my old trusty 54GL with DD-WRT and in setting it up I analyzed the channel usage in the building... And now I know why it's giving me guff.. There's 16 units in my building, and I can see all of their APs (plus ad-hoc devices which creates even more interference) because I'm right in the middle. They do seem to be pretty evenly spread between channels 1, 6, and 11.. I was originally going to use channel 14 (yeah, I know, illegal, blah), since DD-WRT unlocks it, but the fire stick doesn't see it. So my question is, in practice, is it better to stick with one of the congested main channels, or should one of the "inbetweens" like 3 or 8, work better or worse, given they overlap the main channels?