February 4, 2009 at 7:16 pm #160990StevePnMember
Not Netbook related, but need some help PLEASE.
My son has Virgin WiFi and for some reason his baby monitors DON’T WORK when it’s switched on.
Any advise most welcome.
SteveFebruary 4, 2009 at 7:27 pm #182506AlfiharParticipant
It’s likely that the baby monitors also a 2.4GHz radio frequency. Do the baby monitors (receiver) produce static noise while the WiFi is on?
I don’t know if it will help but on the router you should be able to change the radio channel.
Otherwise the options are to buy some different baby monitors, or to upgrade/change (maybe reconfigure) your router to use the 5Ghz band which is available for “draft n” and “a” networks (your computers would need to support this as well though).
EDIT: Looks like the Virgin wireless router only supports 2.4GHz.February 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm #182507TCMuffinMember
As Alfhar says, the two devices are probably broadcasting on the same channel.
Go to the Virgin Wireless router’s control panel, by entering an address in your browser’s address bar. The address will be something like 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1. You should be asked for a username and password before being allowed into the control panel.
On the left hand side of the control panel screen you should see a heading for ‘Wireless’ settings which should include a sub-heading which will be something like ‘Channel and SSID’. Click on this.
The window which opens should show ‘Wireless Channel’ which is probably set to ‘Auto’ with something like the ‘Current Channel > 1’ listed beside it. Click on the drop down list and select a channel other than the current one and apply these changes.
The wireless router will be restarted and you need to check if you still have interference with the baby monitor. You may have to play around with different channels until you find one that doesn’t interfer.
Hope that helpsFebruary 5, 2009 at 11:18 am #182508deadkennyMember
Handy tool for viewing WiFi channels is NetStumbler. It’ll show all your neighbour’s WiFi channels too (which could also be causing the interference).
Ideally when changing channel, you want to avoid your neighbouring WiFi channels, and you should keep 3 channels distant (note the system was only really designed for about 3 competing WiFi networks on 2.4Ghz).
Alternatively with the Baby Monitor situation, change the monitor to one that uses some kind of digital encrypted signal or similar. e.g. where even if there is interference, it will only use the data intended for the baby monitor. i.e. it won’t pick up on background noise like an analogue monitor.
However, even with digital/encrypted comms in your gadgets, you may have issues as interfering signals could kick you off your WiFi connection or vice versa.
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