Ever get the sneaking suspicion that technology is out to get you? Does your network go down when your fellow employees go to lunch? Wi-Fi can feel like magic – but it isn’t – it’s radio waves. A variety of things can interfere with these radio waves making your wireless connection weaker and more unreliable. You probably have several wireless interference sources lurking on your network and don’t even know it!
Why should I care about interference?
You may not care about interference, but I guarantee you that interference doesn’t care about you, your applications, your voice over IP, your – you get the idea. Just like on the gridiron, interference prevents us from doing our job. Not having wireless networking available is not only a big inconvenience, but also results in a lot of phone calls and user complaints.
Who is out to get me?
Here is a sampling of interferers that are out to get you and where you can find them:
- Bluetooth – these devices are everywhere today and like to hop around channels like a boxer in the ring. They are found in 2.4GHz band.
- Digital and Analog Cordless phones – highly offensive to all around as they can be found in both 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands.
- Wireless Cameras – if you are in the market for a security camera, please do yourself a favor and run a cable.
- Microwave ovens – provides warm lunches, but easily ruin the 2.4GHz band.
- Baby Monitors – get rid of immediately – place directly into the recycling bin.
- Wireless Game controllers – is someone playing Xbox at work?
- RF Jammers – no explanation needed – obviously bad.
- Zigbee Devices – typically used for the benefit of home automation, but at the cost of wireless performance.
- Radar – if you live or work near an airport, be prepared to deal with radar interference from time to time which can be found in the DFS channels of 5GHz.
What can I do about it?
You can track down and eliminate these sources of noise with a wireless spectrum analyzer. Fortunately for you, we at Peters & Associates utilize a state of the art spectrum analyzer to find sources of interference that may be lurking in and around your wireless network.
If you need assistance analyzing the quality of your wireless spectrum, Peters & Associates can be of service! Email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help.