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Change 5G channels on R8000

I am trying to change the 5 gHz channels on my R8000 and only have a limited number (4) of channels available and they all suck. How do I change the channel to one with better characteristics?

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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Re: Change 5G channels on R8000


@rcbenn99 wrote:

I am trying to change the 5 gHz channels on my R8000 and only have a limited number (4) of channels available and they all suck. How do I change the channel to one with better characteristics?


How do you mean they suck poor range, low bandwitdh, drop out or what?

If you have only four channels available not sure you have your router set up then you can only can use these four you could have 36+40 if in the lower channels for the 5ghz band . You scan your areas wifi signals around your home  wifi a scanning program on a mobile device too see what channels area the lease used.

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Re: Change 5G channels on R8000

The channels for the first radio (channel 36 - 48) are -70 db. The second radio (channels 149 - 161) are around -70db as well. There are several nearby routers using the same channels. Channels available from a wifi scanner on my mobile are 36, 40,44,48, 52,56,60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112,116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165. I want to pick a channel other than 36 - 48 for the first radio and 149 - 161 for the second radio, but no other numbers are available on the drop downs. 

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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Re: Change 5G channels on R8000

Different countries allow different channels and have different rules on what the wifi of a router is allow to do controlled by the country your knows thats is in so if your router is set for the correct country and area of it you will only be able to use these channels.  Have you check to see if a firmware update is out for router it may help if a few channels have been added.

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Region is set to North America and cannot be changed (greyed out). Just installed latest update yesterday.

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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Still no response, guess I'll just go buy a Linksys or TP-Link router. That should fix the issue.

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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Re: Change 5G channels on R8000

Hi rcbenn99,


Region cannot be changed as it is locked to the region it was purchased.

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Re: Change 5G channels on R8000

If you buy another router you will be wasting your money. Those are the only channels allowed in the US. All other brands will be the same.
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Re: Change 5G channels on R8000

Not true -- The linksys router I was running (WRT3200ACM) allowed me to select any number of 5G channels, not just the few region-locked ones.  Ran factory firmware on it, too.  

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