Most of us have already connected our computers to a router using a wireless connection. This type of network is called a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) or more popularly Wi-Fi. We have some tips to help you avoid Wi-Fi interference and dropouts with other wireless and non-wireless devices in your home.
There are two main standards of Wi-Fi in use at the moment:
802.11g which operates on the 2.4GHz f requency
802.11n which operates on the 2.4GHz and/or 5GHz f requencies (when using both, it's called dual-band)
There are a number of devices that share the 2.4GHz f requency with your wireless network. These devices, along with a number of non-wireless and even some non-electrical obstacles can cause
interference with Wi-Fi signals.
Here are some tips on how to get better Wi-Fi stability:
Keep cordless phones, microw ave ovens and baby monitors at least 2 meters away from your wireless router.
Put your wireless router in an elevated position e.g. on top of a desk.
Minimise physical obstructions between the router and the computer (don't forget those brick walls!)
Fish tanks may seem like an unlikely culprit but water, in a large enough quantity, can disrupt a wireless signal.
If you're technically minded, you can try changing the wireless channel on the router to channels 1, 6 or 11.
Change your router to a dual-band N (802.11n) router which operates on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz f requency. Remember, if you change your router, you must also have dual-band capable N wireless adapters to connect to it.
If you're still having problems with your wireless connection, call NETCOMP on