Did you know:
Wi-Fi uses radio waves.
These waves transfer info from one electronic device to another. This is how we connect without cables. (So why do we need cables for the router?)
Wi-Fi is very susceptible to electro-magnetic interference.
What is the most annoying thing about Wi-Fi? You’re watching your fave Netflix series, trying to get those accounts done, cows need milking and bam – it starts buffering or comes to a grinding halt!
A drop, in signal strength, may be the result of interference. Wi-Fi uses radio waves to send a signal but they can “bump paths” with other radio waves at similar frequencies. With the humungous amount of Wi-Fi devices in use at the same time, this is not surprising.
Some items that can cause this interference would be microwaves, cell phones, Smart TVs any Bluetooth enabled devices, baby monitors and would you believe, even a fish tank.
Certain materials also create barriers; metal is an issue. Water and wood, not quite as bad.
Weather and Wi-Fi
It’s a disaster! The rainy, thunderstormy, lightening-packed weeks of Spring and Summer have been upon us for some time. This plays havoc with our connectivity. Mother nature is a force beyond our control. Subsequently time is spent fixing things, waiting for clear days so we can install equipment, or simply do a line-of-sight for a potential new client. Just remember, from a protection point of view – nothing works better than unplugging your equipment completely.
Trees, especially wet ones, are the absolute enemy of Wi-Fi. We mentioned water before. Signal from our towers battle to get through any obstructions. If your connection drops when its windy or raining, there’s a good chance that there’s a tree blocking the signal.
Best way to reduce interference
UNPLUG OTHER DEVICES NOT IN USE
Your WiFi likes to be the centre of attention.
Would you believe, the best Wi-Fi blocker could even be YOU – your very self. Water blocks signal. If you remember school biology, we’re made up of around 70% water. So, if you’re sitting in between your router and your computer this can significantly lower the strength of your Wi-Fi.