Daily Tip: How to reduce Wi-Fi interference

Experiencing more than your fair share of Wi-Fi #fail on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and curious how to work around it? There are a lot of things which can cause Wi-Fi interference. Luckily, there are , here are some of them, and what you can do to fix them.

Here are some ways to reduce or eliminate Wi-Fi interference for your iOS devices.

  1. Reset/reboot your router and your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Start with a clean slate.
  2. Reposition your route in case a particularly dense object like a wall, elevator shaft, etc. is getting in the way of the signal.
  3. Change your Wi-Fi router channel. Sometimes a microwave can interfere, sometimes other devices. Try the low end, high end, and middle until you find what works best.
  4. For iPad 2, try switching to the 5 GHz band. There's much less interference on that frequency.

Identifying the causes of interference can help as well, if you notice something always happens when you lose signal -- your microwave is on, your neighbour is using their garage door opener, the elevator reaches your floor, you're streaming over Bluetooth, anything that establishes a pattern -- it can help you figure out the right fix.

NOTE: Some iPad and iPad 2 users have reported problems with Wi-Fi in general. If you think it's not just interference but a hardware issue, take your device to the Apple Store and let the Geniuses look at, and potentially replace it.

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Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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Daily Tip: How to reduce Wi-Fi interference

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I have central air in your home and the compressor is on a balcony, move your router away from the compressor.
Any electric motors will cause problems for Wi-Fi.
I saw a situation where each time the central air kicked on, the wifi would drop signal every time. The router was literally on the other side of a wall from the Central air compressor on the balcony. Moved the router to another room, problem solved.

Why is it my jesus phone is the only device I have that needs an article on how to get the WiFi to work properly?