Kodi/OSMC does not connect to WiFi channel 12, 13 – Fix it this way

I am using Kodi/OSMC version 17.6 (Krypton) on a Raspberry Pi 3, and am quite addicted to it these days. One fine day, my kodi remote app stopped detecting any Kodi servers running on my home network.

Fast forward 5 hours, the problem seemed to be with the wifi channel. Kodi worked fine when home wifi had channel number < 11, but did’nt when channel number(freq) went beyond to something like 12 or 13. Took me a number of router restarts to figure this out.

Read more about WLAN channels here – WLAN Channel list 

Next finding – the WLAN configuration can be updated to work for different country codes(specified in standard ISO 3166-1) to support channels that are disabled otherwise.

So here is the fix for Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3 –

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install wireless-regdb iw crda
  • Get the list of channels currently supported (the list shows channel 12, 13, 14 disabled)

Screen Shot 2018-03-11 at 11.03.04 PM

(Hank Rearden – the system is named after a character from Ayn Rand’s classic “Atlas Shrugged”)

  • Check the current set region for WLAN (the country was set to 00 for me)

Screen Shot 2018-03-11 at 11.02.32 PM

  • Set region ( IN – India for me, get your country code from the ISO3166-1 list )

Screen Shot 2018-03-11 at 11.03.40 PM

  • Check the supported channels list now

Screen Shot 2018-03-11 at 11.04.08 PM


So channel 12 and 13 are available for my device now. Channel 14 is accessible if I set region to value like JP (Japan) but better stick to the standards and access freq band allowed for the particular country.

Please comment if this worked/didnt work for you.


Kodi/OSMC does not connect to WiFi channel 12, 13 – Fix it this way