Guess this is why the virus in Hackers sang "Row row row your boat".
August 3, 2008 1:44 AM Subscribe
Why do some yachts mess with my wifi network?
posted by Skyanth to grab bag (10 answers total)
I live right next to a canal, and especially in the summer a lot of boats pass through it, about 5 meters from my window. Some percentage of those are small yachts
, and some percentage of those passing yachts kill my wifi.
On my Mac I see this as the wifi signal icon turning grey for a bit (a few seconds). I stream my music to my speakers over Airtunes, so this usually makes the music stop completely, unless the "jamming" is so short that iTunes recovers and starts playing again after 5 seconds or so.
I don't think there's anything I can do about it except move, and it's only a minor annoyance because it doesn't happen very often, but I am wondering what it is in these boats that messes with my signal. GPS? Radar? Radio? And why is it only a small percentage of yachts that do this?