Specify Wireless AP Channel Frequencies

Updated: October 4, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP

When you deploy multiple wireless APs at a single geographical site, you must configure wireless APs that have overlapping signals to use unique channel frequencies to reduce interference between wireless APs.

To specify unique channel frequencies for wireless APs

  1. If there are other organizations that have offices in close proximity or in the same building as your organization, identify whether there are any wireless networks owned those organizations. Find out both the placement and the assigned channel frequencies of their wireless AP’s, because you need to assign different channel frequencies to your AP’s and you need to determine the best location to install your AP’s.

  2. Identify overlapping wireless signals on adjacent floors within your own organization. After identifying overlapping coverage areas outside and within your organization, assign channel frequencies for your wireless APs, ensuring that any two wireless APs with overlapping coverage are assigned different channel frequencies.