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The Many Sources of Wi-Fi Interference

By October 13, 2013

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Most of us have experienced signal interference on our Wi-Fi network connections, whether we realize it or not. Such interference can cause network performance to degrade and connections to drop connections at unpredictable times. Sources of wireless interference include large physical obstructions like walls and trees but also other devices that emit wireless signals. Many consumer gadgets inside a home can generate Wi-Fi network interference: microwave ovens, garage door openers, baby monitors. External interference from devices outside a home is less common, although a neighbor's broadband router can interfere in apartment buildings and other areas when residences are near to each other.

Here's one of the more exotic forms of outside interference: Railroad trains can interfere with home Wi-Fi networks as highlighted in this recent news column from the UK.

See also - Why Does My Wi-Fi Network Slow Down At Certain Times of Day
See also - Which Wireless Router Has the Best Range?
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