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Report: Baby Monitors Slow Down WiFi Signals

TechRadar UK says that a report commissioned by Ofcom has found that WiFi signals in the home can be slowed down by certain devices like baby monitors. Naturally, these rumors have stirred up quite a fuss. However, don’t panic yet. It’s not as dire a situation as it seems and no, you don’t have to choose between monitoring your baby’s mewing and zippy net speeds.

Yes, baby monitors do have an effect but so do a whole ream of other gadgets that make for less appealing news. TechRadar quotes the report as saying, "Our research suggests that this is not the case, rather the affected parties are almost certainly seeing interference from non-Wi-Fi devices such as microwave ovens, Audio Video senders, security cameras or baby monitors."

So really, if you’re that desperate for faster internet, you can try ditching your microwave, AV sender, security camera and pretty much everything else running on a frequency of 2.4 GHz.

  • stlunatic
    lol
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  • Greg_77
    Another reason not to have children ;)
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  • mrfisthand
    Of course it does, lots of things slow down WiFi connections. Cordless phones, baby monitors, microwaves, metallic insulation, solar flares, zombies, etc., all terrible for maximum signal
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  • tipoo
    WHAT?!?!?!

    *Shuts down all baby monitors*
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  • Marcus Yam
    Going Wireless N (or A, for that matter) and using the 5 GHz channel would solve this problem. Of course, that requires N hardware on both ends, which could end up being pretty expensive.
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  • theJ
    Marcus YamGoing Wireless N (or A, for that matter) and using the 5 GHz channel would solve this problem. Of course, that requires N hardware on both ends, which could end up being pretty expensive.
    Unless you really need the speed for something, it wouldn't be worth it. G is fine for 99.9% of the population.

    This article doesn't say how much it slows it. If one baby monitor slows it by 1 kB/s, then this is not a big deal. Obviously if it gets into the 100kB/s and up range, it starts to turn into a bigger deal.

    But i will say this: I have a 2.0 MB connection. My friend has an 8.0 (same upload speeds). I don't notice a difference in internet speeds or gaming between the two. Most people won't. So baby monitors = not a big deal.
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  • I was waiting to go 802.11 N once it was official and not just a draft... Good thing I didn't hold my breath for it. It's been what, 5 years? They need to stop arguing about whose techniques to use (aka, who wins the 'format war'), and just give it to us :(
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  • Seriously, this is news? They both commonly use 2.4GHz
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  • fulle
    This one time, after 2 weeks troubleshooting a mysterious VPN disconnect issue, I determined the problem was a microwave causing interference with the wireless signal. It was happening every day, because the lady's son would get off of school, and make himself a hot pocket. Like 16 hours with level 1 before that came to me, and I wasted an additional 2 hours or so on the problem.... because none of us suspected it was the damn microwave...
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  • hurbt
    @ the article...


    Not if you use a 900mhz baby monitor, like I do... :)
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