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looking through the settings on my router and was reading the information that it said about region.
firstly, what does it matter if you change the region from the one you actually live in, and also what does it actually do?

it also says


Select your region from the drop-down list. This field displays the region of operation for which the wireless interface is intended. It may not be legal to operate the router in a region other than the region shown here. If your country or region is not listed, please check with your local government agency or check our web site for more information on which channels to use.


why would it be illegal?

my thinking is, does it use different frequencies or something? if so would this provide better signal strength?

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In the US it is apparently illegal to use wireless channels higher than channel 11. This is to prevent interference further up the spectrum as the next part of the spectrum up from the wireless router range is apparently controlled for some reason and they don't want it being clogged up.

operating wise, it realistically makes no difference, though in theory you would be committing a criminal offence.
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Another consideration to bear in mind when setting a router's wireless channel above 11 is that some wireless devices built in to laptops or fitted externally are not compatible with channels higher than 11 so it would never be able to connect to the router until you lowered the channel number.
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