Improving Wireless Network Performance Part 2

So, you’ve got your location, channel and power settings of your wireless router and your WNIC all set (If not, read Part 1 of this series). Now it’s time to get fancy and start dealing with the interference that is causing more slowdown on your network.

Damned Appliances and Phones
If you’re wondering why that YouTube video you were happily streaming on your computer started to buffer when your <insert spouse, girl/boy friend, roomate, late-night intruder, ect… here> put the pizza-pocket in the microwave or made a phone call on your fancy cordless phone,  it’s because all of these things operate in the same GHz band as your wireless router. The 2.4 GHz band is the most crowded, and in a small house or apartment complex these can cause you some slowdown.

2.4 GHz cordless phones while in operation can cause some serious problems when in use. When in the cradle they’re harmless, but if you’re one to walk and talk around the house, problems could follow. Roam past the wireless router, you may hear a drop off in phone quality and  get the “hang up the ***** phone!” routine from whoever is on your wireless network.

Change The Band
The answer? Simple. Move to the 5 GHz band. You can do this a couple ways depending upon the location of the router, the number of appliances and cordless phones you have.

1. Change the Phones– Review the VOIP section to see the setup. In this scenario we replace the cordless phones with the 5.8 GHz variety. If there’s a lot of phone conversation this could be the best move.

2. Change the Router– Dual band routers allow you to choose to operate on the 5.8 GHz band. This is a good choice if you’re in a very crowded complex with a storm of 2.4 GHz traffic. They’re the latest and greatest,  so the performance should have a definite improvement. I personally recommend the D-Link line as I’ve had more success with them than Netgear and Linksys. All three will work, just a personal preference.

3. Throw away all the appliances and toys that muddy up the 2.4 GHz band. – This may not work out well. It’s tough to cook the pizza-pockets over an open flame and keep the beer cold in the bathtub. Better stick with option 1 or 2.




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