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What is wireless interference?

Wireless interference is a common issue that can affect the performance of wireless networks, including WiFi internet connections. It refers to the disruption or disturbance of wireless signals by other devices or signals in the environment.

Wireless interference can be caused by a variety of sources, such as:

1. Other wireless networks: If multiple wireless networks are operating in close proximity (i.e. Complex and Apartments), their signals can interfere with each other and cause network congestion and slowdowns.

2. Electronic devices: Devices such as microwaves, phones, and Bluetooth devices can emit signals that interfere with WiFi signals, causing network disruptions.

3. Physical obstacles: Walls, ceilings, furniture, and other physical objects can weaken or block WiFi signals, causing signal interference and degradation.

4. Weather conditions: Extreme weather conditions such as thunderstorms or heavy rain can cause temporary disruptions in WiFi signals.

To reduce wireless interference, you can take the following steps:

1. Use a less crowded WiFi channel: The Cudy router channel option is by default selected as Auto, which allows it to find the best channel available. Unplugging your router for a few minutes and restarting will cause your router to amend channels as necessary. Although not a full-proof solution, this is the first suggested step to follow. A less crowded channel can reduce interference from other wireless networks.

2. Use 5Ghz band: Using the 5Ghz band can provide a faster and less congested wireless network. It must be noted that the 5Ghz band, whilst providing a stronger signal, has a much more limited range than the 2.4Ghz band.

3. Move your router: Moving your router to a central location and away from physical obstacles can improve signal strength and reduce interference. This is not always possible, however it is important to note this suggestion during your initial ONT/CPE installation, to ensure it is as central as possible.

4. Upgrade your router: The router provided by PacketSky has is a strong entry level router, with dual band wireless channels and gigabit Ethernet ports. There are however more advanced routers available that may have better signal processing and interference-reducing features that can improve performance. Should you wish to make use of your own router, you are welcome to purchase this independently. Our support team will provide you with the necessary login details for your service, however you will need to setup your own router by using the manufacturers guides.

By minimizing wireless interference, you can improve the reliability and performance of your WiFi internet connection.