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    In every TP-Link wifi device I'm guessing there is a region setting. However there is no Bangladesh. Does it really matter? I put it to India anyway but just want to know does it matter.

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    It's just that there are some wifi channels not legally available in some areas. For example, only channels 1-11 are available in USA, but 1-13 are available in UK/India etc. This settings doesn't matter as long as you don't intend to use a channel higher than 11.

    And about which channel to use, if there are no other wifi routers in your building, then it doesn't matter. But if there are other wifi signals available, then select a channel that is farthest from all other channels being used by them. If you want to check what other wifi signals are available and what channels they use, Wifi Analyzer android app is a great tool for that. Here's how to select the best channel with it:

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    I don't think I really need to worry about the channel too much. Im getting my full internet speed anywhere in my house without any issues so should be fine.

    The channel is on 13 most of the time. But sometimes it picks 1, 6, and 10. The channel is in auto mode. As for 5 ghz it's on 36.
    As long as I can use it, it's fine. Here's my wifi analyser. (i have two wifis with the same name because I have a range extender attached to it)
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    I think you should put your range extender on a different channel. From the screenshot it looks like one on channel 6 and another on 13 would be a good choice, if the other wifi signals don't change their channel often. And channel interference doesn't have that drastic effect, especially considering the low speed of BD's internet connections. They starts to matter when signal is weak and the max internet speed is near the wifi network's bandwidth.

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    OK I will see what I'll do. I got these new devices recently so I don't want to mess around stuff too much. My current configuration is fine, I'm getting full signal around my house thanks to the extender. I think the other wifis change their channels whenever the power goes out. But anyway thanks

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    Just keep the region at default or that is united states, no point of changing that and I usually keep channel at auto, never faced any congestion issue so far. Unless you are facing any trouble I advise you to set it to auto too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwan hasan View Post
    Just keep the region at default or that is united states, no point of changing that and I usually keep channel at auto, never faced any congestion issue so far. Unless you are facing any trouble I advise you to set it to auto too.
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    Is SMC related to TP-Link or something? The interfaces look very similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSGameDude33 View Post
    Is SMC related to TP-Link or something? The interfaces look very similar.
    I'm not sure if they are related but I think they uses the same operating system hence the similarity in their user interface, although the QoS setting looks a bit different but they works pretty much the in the same way.

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