How to change the wireless channel in Ubuntu?

by damian_mills , in category: Networking & Wireless , 8 months ago

How to change the wireless channel in Ubuntu?

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by wayne.swaniawski , 7 months ago

@damian_mills 

To change the wireless channel in Ubuntu, you can use the iwconfig command-line tool. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for "Terminal" in the applications menu.
  2. Type the following command to list the available wireless interfaces on your system:iwconfig Look for the name of the wireless interface you want to change the channel for. It's usually something like wlan0 or wlp2s0.
  3. Once you know the name of the wireless interface, use the following command to change the channel:sudo iwconfig <interface-name> channel <channel-number> Replace <interface-name> with the name of your wireless interface and <channel-number> with the desired channel number you want to set. For example, if your wireless interface is wlan0 and you want to set it to channel 11, the command would be:sudo iwconfig wlan0 channel 11 Note that you need to prefix the command with sudo to run it with administrative privileges.
  4. After entering the command, you may need to wait for a few seconds for the wireless interface to switch to the new channel. You can use the iwconfig command again to verify that the channel has been changed.


Changing the wireless channel may help in improving the wireless signal quality and reducing interference, especially if you're experiencing connectivity issues. However, it's important to note that some wireless devices and drivers may have limitations on the available channels, so not all channel numbers may be supported.