www.flickr.com
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from errorik. Make your own badge here.
errorik
25 years to life...
Recent Notable URLsXML
Panasonic SD5 - HiDef SDHC Camcorder
A self-purchase for my family and I. Upgrading from an old Sony Mini DV camcorder.Comment Icon
Interpol's got PhotoShop Skillz
Interpol has been able to reverse image effects unmasking a pedophile.Comment Icon
Amazon Launches DRM-Free MP3 Store
Cheaper than iTunes. Better quality than iTunes. DRM Free.Comment Icon
Raytheon brings the Pain Gun
"This machine has the ability to inflict limitless, unbearable pain."Comment Icon
How to Solve a Maze with Adobe Photoshop
This is the best hack of PhotoShop I have ever seen.Comment Icon
Urban Dictionary: Prewalking
Walking down the subway platform so that when you board the train, you'll be close to the exit or transfer point when the train reaches its destination.Comment Icon
How to Schedule MySQL Backups in Windows
Gotta love it when something you thought might be challenging is explained to be so easy.Comment Icon
Nintendo to release official MP3 Player for the Nintendo DS
The best handheld gaming system gets a media add-on. Nice.Comment Icon
Laptop sleeves like monster muppets
I don't care how much I like monsters and cartoons and such, I'd feel like the world's biggest weirdo if I actually carried this in public.Comment Icon
"Pee-wee's Playhouse" joining Cartoon Network's Adult Swim
Saturday mornings were so awesome as a kid.Comment Icon
[ more ]
Search the Notable URLs Archive:
Recent User Comments
Blog Archive
2008
Jan
2007
JanFebMarAprJunJulAugSepOct
2006
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctDec
2005
JanFebMarAprMayAugSepOctNovDec
2004
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugOctNovDec
2003
JanFebMarMayJunAugSepOctNovDec
2002
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulSepOctNovDec
2001
OctNovDec
Search the Blog Archive:
Friends and others
Michael; Nate & Val; BJay; Jessica; Joel; Steven Ng; AJ; Kirker; Derek;
Get Firefox

Creative Commons License
All content on this site (including text, photographs, artwork, and any other original works), unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Valid XHTML 1.0!

WiFi Interference

So for the first time ever I noticed "WiFi Interference". Interestingly enough, it happened two times within the same hour.
I was transferring about 4 GB of files from my desktop to my notebook which was right next to my couch on an end table. While transferring, I received a phone call. We have Siemens brand wireless phones. And the call was constantly cutting out making it almost impossible to talk. This has never happened before.
After that, I decided to play some Viewtiful Joe on my Nintendo GameCube. I use the Nintendo WaveBird wireless controllers which under normal circumstances are just awesome. The best wireless controller I have ever owned. But during the on-going transfer the controller would either not send the signal, or the signal was being "cut up". Meaning that if I held the D-pad left, that Nintendo received a signal as if I was repeatedly pressing left briefly.
So both the phone call and the game play was in a state of un-usability.
Do you have any experiences of WiFi interference? If so drop me a comment.
Also... I am wondering how I can remedy this. If I switch from 802.11b to 802.11g would the frequencies be different? If you have any answers please post a comment as well.
2 Comments

User Comments

Wednesday, June 16th 2004
Once, I was talking to a client on the phone, and trying to access his site on my laptop which is on the wireless LAN. I told him I'd call him back once I figured out what was wrong with the site (my first impression was that the server was having a problem). Magically, of course, once off the call the site came back up. I called him to mention it was fixed, and noticed that it was down again, and quickly figured out that I just couldn't get out on the net over WiFi while talking on the cordless phone. This was a 2.4ghz phone with the base station for the phone right next to the laptop. I move away from the base station (while still on the phone) and everything worked.
Friday, March 18th 2005
Okay, here's the deal

Both 802.11b and 802.11g run on 2.4ghz. So, in short, no - changing to g would theoretically NOT help the issue.

However, 802.11a, yet another standard, runs on 5.8ghz, at 54mb/s (same faster speed as 11g). I've heard that because it's using a shorter wavelength, 11a also has the potential to penetrate building walls more easily, but I could be wrong about that. I also know that this standard is MUCH less common, has more expensive hardware, and is usually only practical for small businesses.

I can say from experience that I once had my 5.8ghz wireless phone crap out on me when doing a large transfer using 11b (2.4ghz), which doesn't make much sense since they're different frequencies. There might have been something else involved, but I didn't know about it at the time. Anyways, these things can just be weird sometimes.

If you still need more advice, check out the forums over at www.netstumbler.org - there are some REALLY intelligible people on this subject over there.

Hope this helps.

Add your own comment

Comment system temporarilty off-line.