All my router-y neighbors are jamming my internets!
October 29, 2010 1:15 PM Subscribe
How can I reduce/eliminate interference from other wireless routers in my apartment building? I have a Belkin Wireless N+ router connected to a Linksys modem with Comcast cable internet.
posted by DiscourseMarker to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I live in an 8-story apartment building. I was gone for the summer, and ever since I got back I have been having trouble keeping my various wireless devices connected to the internet. My setup is the same as it was before I left, but whereas in May I would see maybe 3 or 4 other wireless networks, now I'm seeing anywhere from 12-16!
Specifically, my problem is that my devices, most usually my Macbook Pro and my iPad seem to regularly loose connection to the internet, although Airport will still display full bars. I will be happily surfing along, when all of a sudden no web pages will load, and Mail can't get messages. If I turn Airport off and then back on, usually the problem will correct itself (or on the iPad turning wireless off/on), but only for a little while. I sometimes have to turn it off and on 2-3 times an hour. I did not have this problem before I left for the summer.
I have noticed that if I am doing something like streaming audio or video I don't have the problem while I'm streaming, so for example I could listen to 2 hours of Pandora on the iPad with no interruption, and usually I don't have any interruptions while streaming Netflix on my Roku (also connected wirelessly), although sometimes the Roku loses the connection to my network in between sessions.
My googling leads me to the conclusion that this could be caused by interference from the other networks in my building, but I have had no luck in figuring out how to fix the problem. My router channel is currently set to "Auto."
This is seriously driving me insane. Please hope me AskMeFites!