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3 WIFI Limitations and

How To Break Free

Wireless Frequency Band Hacks

· WIFI channels,Cordless Phones,Interference
Since its introduction in 1991, Wi-Fi (short for Wireless Fidelity), has been a lifesaver when it comes to in-home (or office) connectivity, information sharing and entertainment. In our world today, this has become something of a basic need in every household to stay connected to the World Wide Web.

According to the Huffington Post, there were more mobile devices than the number of people on earth by 2013. So not only do we carry more than one smartphone, we also generally spend an average of 60 minutes on our devices in a single day with iPhone users averaging 30 mins longer. Unfortunately as consumer technology grows, so does the likelihood of Wifi interferences or limitations caused by reasons we are unaware of. Let’s take a look at the top 3 limitations and discover ways to break free from them.

Watch The Bluetooth

Bluetooth and Wifi use the very same radio frequencies to connect. For example if you have bluetooth speakers right next to where your Wifi receiver (hub/router) is placed, you’ll very likely experience a slow connection and limited coverage. A viable solution could be to move either the router or the speaker to a different room or to another area in the same room.

Cordless Phones

Some cordless phones operate on the 2.4GHz frequency spectrum (also called ISM spectrum) , however many routers use the same band or a broader 5 GHz. 2.4 GHz is the most widely used frequency and in some cases may be overcrowded. Naturally if your phone uses the 2.4Ghz frequency, you’re likely to experience some interference while connecting to the internet on your wireless access point (AP). Imagine a motorway – the more lanes there are (5 GHz band), the least likely to experience high traffic delays and vice versa with fewer lanes (2.4 GHz band), traffic would be a horror story. Solution? Try using a phone that operates around the 1.9GHz band instead for a more effective WLAN connection.

Too Much Concrete

Picture a flashlight shining beneath multiple layers of cloth. Can you see any light? Even if you do, it will be just a faint circle. Now think of your Wifi as that source of light. The more walls it has to travel through, the weaker it will be when it reaches your device. Same as if your office or home is on the 3rd floor but your router is located on the ground floor without any extenders, will you be getting any connection? Guess not!

There you have it! These 3 examples are just the few out of plenty Wifi connectivity issues that we may all endure daily. Just remember, there is a limit to how far your Wifi can go. Sure, maybe one day it may develop to become the superman of connectivity but till then, get your equipment wired up to your router if possible and understand your home and office environment more effectively.

If you like to find out more about Electromagnetic interference at 2.4 GHz WIFI, this is an excellent explanation.

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