How does wireless Internet interference happen?
With all the technology in a home today, wireless interference can be a growing challenge. It generally fits into one of these categories:
1. Physical Interference
While we can’t always change our surroundings, it’s important to understand that the materials used to construct each home and physical items within your home can impact Wi-Fi.
Walls, doors and windows between your Wi-Fi router and your devices can obstruct the wireless signal distributing consistently throughout the home. Even the construction of the walls makes a difference. Wood, plaster, brick, steel and concrete are all items that will interfere with Wi-Fi signals.
What can action can I take? Identify where your Wi-Fi devices will be used most often. Determine if there is an optimal place to put your Wi-Fi router, where it can be as free from these interference points as possible
2. Other Wi-Fi Networks
Other Wi-Fi networks that are within range of your home and devices can impact your Wi-Fi performance. There are a limited number of channels – or space – available for Wi-Fi to run on, which can result in your neighbors’ wireless interfering with your Wi-Fi.
Many Wi-Fi routers will determine which channel is best to connect to when they are rebooted. Simply unplug the power to your modem or router for 10 seconds, and then plug it back in. When the router comes back online, it may attempt to find the best wireless channel available – meaning less interference.
If the router doesn’t change channels automatically or interference issues continue, the wireless channel may need to be changed.
- If Pioneer Communications provided your wireless router, contact our technical support team at pioncomm.net/contact/ for assistance.
- If you have a third-party router, contact the manufacturer for details.
3. Other Devices
Today’s world is full of the Internet of Things- and it’s only growing as our homes become filled with an increasing number of devices that connect to the Internet, mostly wirelessly. Examples of devices that can wireless interference include laptops, phones, tablets, streaming media players, TV’s, Blu-Ray players, printers, exercise equipment, sound bars, thermostats, refrigerators, bathroom scales, security cameras, cordless phones, microwave ovens and more.
Knowing how many wireless devices in your home won’t fix interference issues, but it can help understand why there might be interference.
What action can I take? If you are not using devices – especially for their wireless features – disconnect them from the wireless network. If a device can be directly connected to the Internet instead of through Wi-Fi, interference may decrease. Some devices can be adjusted to only use Wi-Fi when they need it, instead of constantly connecting to it.