cordless phones... AAAAGGGHHHHHHH!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by oopsibrokeit, May 31, 2005.

  1. oopsibrokeit

    oopsibrokeit Network Guru Member

    I have been having intermittent severe problems with my wap 54 at work, basically every couple of the days the box will throw a complete spazz (technical term!) and not allow consistent connections, will drop any connections made within seconds, and generally appear as though the aerials have been ripped off and fed to animals.

    with the assistance of a very nice man I met through a totally unrelated subject (motor bikes) he has lent me a RF sniffer to tell me what RF frequencies are buzzing around my workplace, to cut a long story short we realised that the blue box doorstopping co-incided to the nearest millisecond with our sales director wandering around with his cordless phone, so we've given him, and a few others, new phones, and it has improved matters.

    Maybe we should start a 'wi-fi OK' list for dect/gap/digital cordless phones, that coexsist with wireless setups.

    I can start the list off with about 20 models of phone!
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Try the old 900khz and the newer 5.2 mhz cordless telephones, they are not in the same frequency as your WAP54G.
  3. Killua

    Killua Network Guru Member

    Using WRT54G here. The key to using 2.4Ghz cordless phones with our wireless routers is.. (drums roll) .. use channel 11!

    Well it works for me, so let me know if it works for your WAP54.
  4. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Yep try different channels, one of them will hopefully work well :)
  5. oopsibrokeit

    oopsibrokeit Network Guru Member

    nahh, we have one particular brand of phone here (a cheap one!) and i don't know exactly how they do it, but regardless of which channel you use on the wireless box as soon as they transmit the wireless just goes, the RF sniffer goes completely crazy and shows spikes of signal across the whole of the 2.4ghz band - a more effective signal jammer I have never seen! They even broadcast slightly above and below it in licensed frequencies! We are just going to move all examples of that brand of phones to our other site, which has no wireless, and replace them with ones we know work - which are all in the 1880-1900 range. Eventually we will get rid of all those phones altogether.
  6. jtjt

    jtjt Guest

    wireless router and intermittent connection

    I was jas wondrin if my 4 2.4ghz phones can cause my connection to both wired and wireless be intermittent? Or will my 2.4ghz interfere with my wired connection to the router? THanks!
  7. stromm

    stromm Network Guru Member

    Watch out for cheap 5ghz phones. They use 2.4ghz on the send channel. I ran in to that with a GE phone. Ended up going to RadioShack and getting their 8-phone system (the one without an external antenna).
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