by Jane Noble
Sep. 27, 2016
I know I probably sound like a broken record as I continue to stress the importance of a reliable and powerful home network, but if you want to enjoy your smart toys without feeling the need to throw a tantrum because the wifi has just cut off abruptly, there are certain basics you need to take care of.
Asking how far is the wireless range between your smart home hub and your devices is a bit like asking how long is a piece of string. There are so many factors that affect this. One of them is known as wireless noise. This is the amount of electromagnetic noise that is present in the environment. This noise, that is given off by your devices, makes it difficult for them to hear each other. It’s like trying to have a conversation in a busy, crowded restaurant when you are sitting right next to the band.
Some of the things that create wireless noise include:
Microwave ovens - If your router is located near a microwave, you may experience interference when the microwave is in use. Many microwaves operate on the 2.4GHz frequency which is the same as older wireless routers.
Cordless phones - Many of them also operate on the 2.4GHz spectrum.
Neighbor’s wifi network
Wireless game controllers
Many devices share the 2.4GHz frequency. It is very overworked. If you are able to switch to a 5.0 GHz wi fi network this is like going to a frequency that only dogs can hear. Allowing space between your devices also helps, particularly between your router and your smart home hub. Don’t place them next to each other. Using extenders or boosters can increase the range of your network which is like turning up the volume on the messages being relayed from your devices to your hub. They can hear above the noise. If you live in a densely populated area, you will have to deal with the noise from other people’s electronic gadgets as well as your own. Buying a house in the country as a solution may be a little extreme.