Re: Wifi issues

Jim Stutsman

Since it worked initially the problem is most likely interference. At the moment there are 12 other WiFi connections available in the neighborhood around me. Unless you live in a remote location, this is usually the case. Interference can also come from cordless phones, microwave ovens, and even LED light bulbs. If you can change the router channel to one that is not used by a neighbor it may help. In the US there are 11 channels available. However they are so close together in frequency that the choices really come down to 1, 6, and 11. Consult the instructions for your router (Google the model if necessary) and try different channels. Most current routers offer a choice between 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The machine can only use 2.4GHz, which is slower and more prone to interference. It may be helpful to try changing settings at a time when few people are home. Even though most WiFi routers are on all the time, if they are not actively passing data there will be less interference.

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