Any way to get a US iPhone 4S to connect to channel 14? (Wifi)

terraphantm

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I just moved into a new apartment for school, and there's a ridiculous amount of Wifi here. The US channels (1-11) seem to all be saturated, so I decided to give channel 14 a try. It worked great on my devices that can connect to it (including an old iPhone 4 oddly enough), but my 4S refuses to connect. I would just switch to a 5GHz router, but unfortunately the iPhone doesn't support it...
 

terraphantm

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Apparently not. Generally speaking, channels 12-13-14 are not supposed to be used in the US.
Well I know they're not supposed to be used in the US, which is what makes them perfect for buildings where the legal channels are all saturated. For now I'm using channel 13 (which works perfectly on my iPhone). I also flashed my MacBooks wifi firmware to think it's Brazilian (they get channels 1-13 on 2.4, and all the US+European channels on 5ghz. Only thing missing is ch 14, but since this laptop can do 5GHz I don't really care).

Why does my old iPhone 4 connect to channel 14 without issue, and why does my iPhone 4S connect to channels 12 and 13 if the issue is regulations?

Here's a picture of the saturation I have to deal with... If I could hop on 14, there'd be no overlap at all with the US channels. And I apologize for the immature SSIDs some of my neighbors picked...

 
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