How to Change Your Wireless Channel on a TP-Link AC1750
Although wireless technology has made huge strides over the last few decades, you may still experience slow-downs and even drops in your connection. Sure, one of the ways to deal with this is to get a faster connection from your provider – or to switch providers. However, the solution might lie in simply changing your router channel.
Although changing the channel on a TP-Link AC1750 router may not be as straightforward as changing the channel on your TV, it isn’t exactly what you’d call complicated.
This is our guide to changing channels on TP-Link AC1750 routers.
Changing the Channel on TP-Link AC1750
Every TP-Link router allows you to change the channel that you wish it to operate on. We’ll dive into why you would even want to change the channel in the first place later. Here’s how to do it.
Connect to the Web Management Interface
There’s one thing that you have to understand about routers – they don’t offer too many settings and options. The vast majority of settings, from changing the credentials to installing firmware, require you to access the router through another device. Most commonly, a computer.
First off, you can connect to the router using Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable. In the former case, simply turn the router on, wait until it starts up properly, and navigate to the available Wi-Fi connections on your computer (as you would when connecting to any Wi-Fi router). If you’ve left the default router name, your AC1750 will have a name resembling something like “TP-LINK_XXXXXX.” If not, just connect to the router name that you’ve customized.
By default, the username and password will be “admin.” In some cases, the password field needs to be left blank. If you’ve changed these settings, use your customized username and password (if you’ve set any).
Once connected, to access any form of router settings, you need to go to the Web Management Interface for TP-Link.
It’s generally recommended that you use an Ethernet connection to change any settings for your router, but you can use a wireless connection as well.
Now, go to http://tplinkwifi.net on your preferred browser. To log in, try the same credentials you’ve used to connect to the router earlier. Once you’ve done so, you’ve successfully accessed the TP-Link Web Management Interface for your router.
For Single-Band Routers
Although most modern routers are dual-band, meaning that they get access to both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz types of connections, let’s see how you can change the channel for your single-band router. Start by going to the Wireless option in the Web Management Interface. Then, navigate to Basic Settings. From this menu, you can select the channel that you want to use, as well as the channel width.
As a rule of thumb, channels 1 through 6 and channel 11 are overall the best options for 2.4GHz. The ideal channel width that you want to set here is 20MHz.
For Dual-Band Routers
As you probably know, dual-band routers allow you to use two main frequencies: 2.4GHz, the frequency that single-band routers use, as well as the more innovative 5GHz frequency. The former tends to be slower, but it has a much better range. The latter, 5GHz is faster, but doesn’t really excel when it comes to range.
You’re going to want to change channels for each one.
In the Web Management Interface hub, navigate to Advanced, followed by Wireless. Then, go to Wireless Settings. You’ll find two available tabs here, 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
For 2.4GHz, the things are the same as with single-band routers – channels 1-6 and channel 11 are ideal. Set the channel width to 20MHz.
For 5GHz, the recommended channels are 149 through 165. Select any of these. Set the channel width to Auto, if you don’t have any reason to set it to a particular frequency.
Why Change Channels?
Okay, so why isn’t the router set to the best channel by default? Does it depend on geography? In a way, it does. Well, mostly, it depends on your neighbors’ router(s). The best Wi-Fi channel to set for your router is the one being used by the lowest number of neighboring routers. The less crowded a channel is, the better your connection will be. This goes to other network types as well.
Fortunately, you don’t have to call each of your neighbors and have them check which frequency they’re using. Chances are, the moment you change the channel, you’ll be good to go. If the problem persists, switch to another channel. You have a bunch of channels to choose from, so don’t worry.
Other Ways to Speed Things Up
You’re probably here because your Wi-Fi connectivity isn’t doing great. Many people have this problem. Yes, changing the channel on your TP-Link AC1750 router may speed things up. But if the channel that you’re currently using isn’t overcrowded, the problem likely lies elsewhere.
There are many reasons why your internet connection is slow. It might be that you need a new subscription. More likely, it’s that you need a new router. In this case, contact your internet provider, and they should send you an upgrade, free of charge.
On the other hand, there might be an object that’s causing an obstruction. Yes, Wi-Fi signals can go through walls, but the more objects they pass through, the weaker they become. Consider placing the router in a different spot. Alternatively, think about getting a repeater(s) to help amplify the connection across any number of rooms you wish. Bear in mind, though, that repeaters have their limits, albeit they are fairly reliable for most people’s needs.
Changing Channels on TP-Link AC1750
All you need to do in order to switch channels on your AC1750 router is access the TP-Link Web Management Interface. From there, you’re a couple of clicks away from doing whatever you want with the available channels. Still, we advise you to stick with the outlined channel and channel width recommendations, as they tend to work best.
We hope that you’ve managed to change channels on your TP-Link AC1750 router. If you experienced any difficulties, or if the channel change didn’t do anything, we suggest that you write about it in the comments section below – our community will be more than glad to help.