Xmas Lights Degrade Wi-Fi Signals, Better Shelve That Holiday Cheer

from the produce-more-celebrate-less dept

It’s Christmas season again, which means it’s time for the newswires to be stuffed with company press releases that use yuletide gimmicks to bask their brand in (Christmas) lights. One wireless monitoring software vendor is gunning for press today by informing everyone that Christmas Lights deteriorate your Wi-Fi. Using the software they’re trying to sell, the company concluded that light-up holiday decorations actually degrade your signal strength by 25%, and increase signal deterioration over distance by one-third. Of course there’s an endless sea of things that can impact Wi-Fi signal strength, from low quality baby monitors and metal shelves, to microwave ovens and Bluetooth gear; hopefully the company doesn’t deem it necessary to offer up an inane press release for each. Somewhere though, there’s a grumpy bottom-line boss tearing down electronic Christmas cheer and plug-in cubicle Christmas trees in the name of productivity.


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dorpus says:

Outlaw Xmas

Shit, I just bought a book at the store, and the cashier girl tried to trick me into giving a donation with the purchase. I called foul when she short-changed me, and of course she had to make a scene, asking everyone in the store how to give my money back. I didn’t back down.

Xmas: The Season of Thievery.

Jeff says:

Homeland Security

I’m seeing Jon Stewart squinting and talking with his hands, doing his commander-in-chief impression:

“And when you get over there talkin’ to the Israelis… If you’re ever usin’ yer laptop com-pyoo-tur, make sure you take a couple boxes of these here Chrissmass Lights… wrap yourself and your laptop up in a couple of strings of ’em… that way Terr’rists usin’ The Google can’t be breakin’ into our wireless networks.”

“Mister President… I don’t think…”

“Condi! Shuddup! I am The Decider! And what I say goes. You’re gonna use them Chrissmass Lights, cuz that’s what I’ve decided you’re gonna do. The deciderings already been done, so don’t try an argue it no more.”

rstr5105 says:

re: JumperPunk

Alright JP, I’ve got two floors between me and my router, I’m BOTH hardwired and wifi’d on this floor. The hardwire goes through my attic, down the chimney, into the basement, about 40 feet across the basement, into a 1Gb/s switch, up through the floor around a corner and to the router. Total footage upto switch: 100 Total footage to router: About 13. Total Cost: $100. (Mostly eaten up by the Gb/s Switch)

Wifi, is spotty at best, (and it’s on my laptop, not my desk).

So, go out, buy a switch and $200 feet of cable, drill a couple holes, and have your full bandwidth.

Maciej says:

Re: ok

When electricity passes through a wire, it induces and EM Field. You can use the right hand rule for this. The strength of the field is proportional to the electricity. Hence you can destructive interference. Also, people use a lot of xmas lights on their homes, this can create a Faraday cage effect. But 25% percent seems too high. I’m they used their statistical data very liberally.

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