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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    rstr5105, 7 Dec 2006 @ 3:12am

    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.

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