DD-WRT is a popular open source firmware that can turn your router into a powerful and versatile device. One of the features that DD-WRT offers is the ability to use super channel, which allows you to access wireless channels that are normally restricted by your country's regulations. This can give you more options for finding a less crowded channel, or for using higher frequencies that have less interference and better performance.
However, activating super channel on DD-WRT is not as simple as changing a setting in the web interface. You need to purchase a license from the DD-WRT website, and then enter an activation code that is generated for your router's MAC address. This process can be confusing and frustrating for some users, especially if they encounter errors or don't receive their activation code.
In this article, we will explain how to activate super channel on DD-WRT routers, and what to do if you face any problems along the way. We will also discuss some of the benefits and risks of using super channel, and how to choose the best channel for your needs.
What is Super Channel
Super channel is a feature that allows you to use wireless channels that are normally reserved for other purposes or prohibited by your country's regulations. For example, in the US, the FCC limits the use of channels 12 and 13 in the 2.4 GHz band, and channels 36-64 and 149-165 in the 5 GHz band. In Europe, ETSI restricts the use of channels 100-140 in the 5 GHz band. These channels are either used by radar systems, military applications, or other licensed services.
By using super channel, you can bypass these restrictions and access these channels on your router. This can give you more options for finding a less crowded channel, or for using higher frequencies that have less interference and better performance. For example, channels 36-64 in the 5 GHz band are part of the UNII-1 band, which has lower power limits and no DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) requirement. This means that you can use these channels without worrying about interference from radar systems or other devices.
However, using super channel also comes with some risks and responsibilities. First of all, you need to purchase a license from the DD-WRT website, which costs $20 USD for each router. This license is valid for one year, and you need to renew it if you want to continue using super channel. Secondly, you need to make sure that you are not violating any laws or regulations in your country by using super channel. You are solely responsible for any consequences that may arise from using super channel, such as fines, legal actions, or interference with other services. Thirdly, you need to be careful about choosing the right channel for your needs. Some channels may have poor performance due to noise or interference from other sources. Some channels may also cause interference with other devices in your network or nearby networks.
How to Activate Super Channel on DD-WRT Routers
To activate super channel on DD-WRT routers, you need to follow these steps:
Go to https://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/license and log in with your DD-WRT account. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one for free.
Select \"Superchannel Activation\" from the menu on the left.
Enter your router's MAC address in the field provided. You can find your router's MAC address on a sticker on the bottom or back of your router, or on the web interface under Status > Router.
Select your country from the drop-down menu.
Click on \"Buy Now\" and complete the payment process using PayPal or credit card.
You should receive an email with your activation code within a few minutes. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder or contact DD-WRT support.
Log in to your router's web interface and go to Wireless > Basic Settings.