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WiFi hotspots too hot?
      #30429 - 06/13/08 10:30 AM

What happens when you get too many WiFi networks in an area? Does it damage the hardware because the signal gets too strong?

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Re: WiFi hotspots too hot? [Re: Stereospeaker]
      #30433 - 06/13/08 09:39 PM

No it doesn't damage the hardware. But if the hotspots are broadcasting on the same channel they may interfere with each other and degrade the signal.

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Re: WiFi hotspots too hot? [Re: LisaG]
      #30443 - 06/16/08 02:59 AM

Ok thanks.

How do I know its the signal being degraded and not my ISP playing up?

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Re: WiFi hotspots too hot? [Re: Stereospeaker]
      #30446 - 06/16/08 10:11 AM

You'd need to use a software tool (program) that surveys all hotspots in range and reports the channel each is broadcasting on. So if you see there are 2 other hotspots broadcasting on your router's channel, it's not an ISP issue and it would be a good idea to change your router to a less crowded channel.

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Re: WiFi hotspots too hot? [Re: LisaG]
      #30448 - 06/16/08 10:18 AM

Why 2? Can't it handle more than that on each channel?

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Re: WiFi hotspots too hot? [Re: Stereospeaker]
      #30451 - 06/16/08 11:31 PM

Well, yours and 2 others make 3 on a channel, and that is enough to potentially cause noticeable interference. If possible, it's certainly worth checking and changing your router's WiFi broadcast channel (if possible- urban locations like NYC and London can make channel pollution hard to avoid).

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Re: WiFi hotspots too hot? [Re: LisaG]
      #30454 - 06/17/08 09:36 AM

So, if I wanted to use Skype on it, then, I really need to make sure that there less than 2 others? Couldnt I jus buy a better router?

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