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Weird Broadband Problems

I have Virgin cable broadband and it routinely delivers 8-10 meg through the wireless network in the (Belkin one about 4 years old). however, every so often it drops down to below 1 meg. It's the same on the ancient desktop, the newer desktop and the laptops. They are all regularly defragged and checked for malware so I'm sure it isn't that but it keeps happening.

I've discovered by connecting the laptop with a cable to the router that it isn't the cable it's the wireless network that's the issue. I've also discovered that connecting in this way seems to clear whatever the problem is and the speed comes right back up again and it's fine on all the computers. It's a safe bet that in a couple of weeks it'll do it again.

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Congested airspace, if your wifi is on a/b or g it can get interference from things like microwaves or other wifi access points (neighbours) as they are in the same frequency range.

N does not suffer from this (yet) as the frequency it operates at is largely uncongested?

Have a look here for some idea of whatto look for

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electro...nce_at_2.4_GHz

Hope this helps

Sean
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Congested airspace, if your wifi is on a/b or g it can get interference from things like microwaves or other wifi access points (neighbours) as they are in the same frequency range.

N does not suffer from this (yet) as the frequency it operates at is largely uncongested?

Have a look here for some idea of whatto look for

Electromagnetic interference at 2.4 GHz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hope this helps

Sean
Interesting stuff. The fact that the wireless antenna on this computer picks up 12 different routers probably isn't a big help then?

Cheers mate.
 
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Congested airspace, if your wifi is on a/b or g it can get interference from things like microwaves or other wifi access points (neighbours) as they are in the same frequency range.

N does not suffer from this (yet) as the frequency it operates at is largely uncongested?

Have a look here for some idea of whatto look for

Electromagnetic interference at 2.4 GHz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hope this helps

Sean
Yup, I've noticed my WiFi drop off when using the phone or laptop in the kitchen when the microwave is on.
 
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My neighbours had problems with external Christmas lights - it caused enough interference to bring their broadband to a standstill.
Try changing the channel on your router.
 
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i think most routers default to lower channels, try one of the higher numbers 11 - 14. this could help if it's a combination of interference from other routers and equipment. Still wont help you chat on AO while your micro noodles are cooking.
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Interesting stuff. The fact that the wireless antenna on this computer picks up 12 different routers probably isn't a big help then?

Cheers mate.
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