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Hi Scubbie, a quick update to your last post - I have inSSIDer working. I am not sure just how but I had to restart my laptop earlier and when I decided to open inSSIDer a few minutes ago, lo and behold, inSSIDer was showing 2.4ghz networks. However there isn't anything showing under the 5ghz heading. So it would appear perhaps that the 5ghz network isn't transmitting ? Back to my original problem. Would you have any idea what could be the issue ? Best regards, parkman.
Scubbie wrote: I don't know why you are unable to see your own router's SSID, but here is a quick guide to the three main screens that will be of interest. I've covered over the MAC Addresses and most of the SSID names for security reasons.
This image shows the 5GHz channels. As you can see, along the top is all the visible routers. The one I am connected to is in bold white. My 2.4GHz SSID carries the same MAC Address at first and is 4th in the list.
From this image it is clear that no one else close to me is using the 5GHz frequency.
My other Laptop will show the 5GHz screen, but since the installed adaptor doesn't work on the 5GHz channels, it remains blank.
This image shows the 2.4GHz channels. My 2.4GHz SSID is the largest one and uses channels 1 & 5. The overlap shows the actual coverage of the signal. From this you can see that it will interfere with anyone who uses up to channel 7. Although actually if someone were using channel 7, their signal would overlap mine. A neighbour would have to be using channel 9 or higher to be clear of mine.
As you can see, most people tend to stick to channels 1, 6 and 11 as these offer the cleanest signal groups, avoiding overlapping signals.
This third and final image shows the signal pattern. Although the 2.4GHz spikes on my own router's signal, this is something I have noticed on the WiFi Adaptor I have installed in this Laptop. When connected to a 2.4GHz channel, I don't get those spikes on it. My other Laptop works just fine on 2.4GHz only.
The fading lines indicate that those signals are too weak for me to connect to.
I have found that the actual reported signal strength will vary according to which adaptor you are using and the angle which both the router and Laptop are relative to each other.
A piece of information that I cropped out is the number of Access Points found. This will vary according to how many WiFi routers are in range. Mine typically reaches in excess of 40. I left my other Laptop on all day a few months ago and recorded in excess of 60 APs.
I trust this simplified guide helps.
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2015-08-25 11:38 PM - edited 2015-08-25 11:40 PM
Parkman - I am having same difficulty. I have named different SSID names .. So you have answered one of my quesitons. I suppose my PC being a windows 7 will not pick up the 5 GHZ. My TV , on the other hand, is picking up both SSIDs and when I go to log into the 5GHz, it states it will not connect. Any ideas as to why it will not connect? This netgear is relatively new, only purchased about 2 months ago. Thanks..