Gateway electro-magnetic interference?

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Gateway electro-magnetic interference?

I'm pretty new to this stuff but I was reading the other day that it's not good to have the gateway near any tv's, refrigerators etc etc. and I was having some problems with my network so now I'm determined on getting it in just the right spot. I was wondering, can it be near an unused outlet? i have my gateway/router placed right near an unused outlet as of now. -thanks

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Re: Gateway electro-magnetic interference?

I might be wrong about this, but I believe it has more to do with large metal or other electronic devices that might be shielding your gateway from some devices. I had an issue before where a microwave oven was in between my router and some gaming devices and my connection was very weak until I moved my router just a few feet and it all works fine now. My house is kind of long in its design, so I'm using a network extender to reach my basement, garage and yard. Having your gateway or router next to an unused outlet shouldn't be an issue.

 

Thanks,

Dmitriy


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ATTDmitriyCM wrote:

I might be wrong about this, but I believe it has more to do with large metal or other electronic devices that might be shielding your gateway from some devices. I had an issue before where a microwave oven was in between my router and some gaming devices and my connection was very weak until I moved my router just a few feet and it all works fine now. My house is kind of long in its design, so I'm using a network extender to reach my basement, garage and yard. Having your gateway or router next to an unused outlet shouldn't be an issue.

 

Thanks,

Dmitriy


Microwaves use frequencies (~2.45 GHz) near the 2.3 GHz range used by WiFi.  It means that the shielding in your microwave intended to keep you safe is also designed specifically to block WiFi traffic.  Similarly, a running microwave can cause interference with nearby networks.  Similar shielding in televisions, monitors, etc can also get in the way, as well as the electromagnetic fields produced by motors, etc.

 

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Re: Gateway electro-magnetic interference?

WIFI uses the 2.4 GHz frequency

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