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Baby monitors killing urban Wi-Fi

Barence (1228440) writes | more than 5 years ago

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Barence writes "Baby monitors and wireless TV transmitters are responsible for slowing down Wi-Fi connections in built-up areas, according to a report commissioned by British telecoms regulator Ofcom. The research smashes the myth that overlapping Wi-Fi networks in heavily congested towns and cities are to blame for faltering connection speeds. Instead it claims that unlicensed devices operating in the 2.4GHz band are dragging down signals. "It only requires a single device, such as an analogue video sender, to severely affect Wi-Fi services within a short range, such that a single large building or cluster of houses can experience difficulties with using a single Wi-Fi channel," the report claims."
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That Would Explain Why I Have No Problem (1)

Velska1 (1435341) | more than 5 years ago | (#27903529)

I mean, I can see ten to fifteen Wi-Fi signals at any given time. This is not a huge building, but it seems quite a few people have a wireless link. I have never had any glitches - although I don't have a very good Wi-Fi myself. OTOH, I don't know of a single TV signal transmitter or the like in the building. These seem to be people, who are pretty content with using a wire between their digital TV converter and TV. As for baby monitors I see, they're not in the 2.4 GHz range (as an old radio jock, I tend to check the range of all transmitters I see - some of them don't report it, although they should).

On the other hand, again, only one or two of those 10-15 Wi-Fis I see at any given time is not encrypted. Some use a weak encryption, but most use WPA2.

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