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In my neighbourhood there are:
- 11 wifi signals on channel 1
- 2 wifi signals on channel 4 (including mine at the mo)
- 8 on channel 6
- 6 on channel 11
According to the diagram on wikipedia Mine on channel 4 will suffer interference from channel 1 and channel 6, so a total of 20 other networks(!).
So would I be better to join channel 11, even though my network is then in direct competition with the 6 others?
I suppose the question is: what's worse: direct interference (meaning that on the same channel) from 6 or fringe interference from many more networks?