December 29, 2007

Wireless Phone vs. Wireless Internet

I have had the unpleasant experience of having to deal with a wireless router acting as if it where possessed at my house. The symptoms where randomly it wold crash and reset, then repeat many times over. After reseting it, it wold be fine for a while then all of a sudden it would starts all over again. I have worked with routers before and if all fails then hard reseting them always fixes it, not counting the occasional hardware failure. This time was not the case, and as funny as it was for a while the constant drop of internet during important tasks was starting to get on my nerves.

So as usual I looked at the possibilities...

1. Settings got messed up (Maybe, but reset did not help)
2. Verizon is dropping our connection (Looked into, and not the case)
3. Something is wrong with the router (Only other possibility)

It turns out that something was wrong with the router, but not the router its self. My family had recently purchased a new phone, 5.8GHz. This supposedly should not have any problems with the 5.4GHz router, and phone calls do not cause any problems. The big problem is that the phone has another wireless connection to the two base stations that are included, and combine that with the phone being less then a foot away from the router and you get interference. After moving the router away from the phone all is well again. Now I have to find a new place for it...

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