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What’s Interfering with My WiFi Network Signal?

There are many items in, and features of, your household that could be slowing down your WiFi network signal.  In this post, we will discuss some of the various items that could be interfering with your wireless network’s signal.

Household Appliances

Issues usually occur when you have a WiFi network that operates on the 2.4GHz band.  Cordless phones, microwaves, and some baby monitors also work on the same band.  If you are having issues with your baby monitor, some wireless monitors work on the 900MHz band or, you can purchase a WiFi Baby 3G which will connect with the existing network.  You can also purchase phones that work on other bands such as 1.9GHz or 5.8GHz.

An improperly wired satellite dish can cause also interference with your WiFi network signal.  Or, the issue could be your neighbor’s WiFi network.  If your neighbor has a powerful network and it is too close to yours, it can result in signal issues.

Issues could also be caused by other items that use the 2.4GHz band, such as:  wireless speakers, console controllers, Bluetooth devices, Christmas lights, mirrors, old televisions, fish tanks, and external monitors and LCD displays.

Physical Barriers

The construction materials in your home may also be causing the network slowdowns you have experienced.  Building materials such as wood, plaster, and glass typically have low interference levels.  Concrete and metal in your home rank at a high level of interference and mirrors are at the top.  Moving your router to a new location is typically the best fix if the issue is a result of these barriers.

Additional Barriers

While these are not common, hearing aids near the router can cause signal disruption.  Any electronic device that operates within the same band as your WiFi network signal may be an issue.

How to Fix the Issue?

Your options are dependent up on the cause of your signal degradation.  If another device is sharing the same band you can replace the devices with ones that use another band.  You could also replace the router with a newer one that works on a different band.

To achieve a stronger signal, move your router if it is being impeded by physical barriers.  A wireless repeater or range extender will also work to extend the range of your WiFi signal.

If you are still having issues with your network, give us a call and we will investigate the issue!

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