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Solve Problems Before They're Problems!

Today is a great day! Today I got an email from a director who remembered something she heard and thought about how it might impact technology at the library.

I won't name names because that's not how I roll....Sauk City is looking at getting a new cordless phone for the library. They remembered that cordless phones can cause problems with wireless networks and wanted to know how to avoid this problem. The answer is very simple and it will save alot of time and frustration.

Our current wifi networks use the 2.4Ghz radio channel. Most cordless phones use the same channel. That can cause the wifi signal to randomly drop which frustrates everyone. The solution is to buy a cordless phone that uses the 5.8Ghz radio channel to avoid this whole mess. (Some of the new wireless devices use the 5.8Ghz channel but so far interference isn't a problem.)

Here is a list of the most common things that I've seen interfere with wireless networks.

  • Cordless Phones (when in use)Wifi
  • Microwave Ovens (when turned on)
  • Other wireless signals
  • Thick walls made of concrete or metal
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Bluetooth devices (wireless cell phone headsets)
  • Wireless game controllers (Wii, Xbox, PS3)

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