Why Spectrum Crunch Is Affecting Your WiFi

Spectrum crunch refers to the potential lack of sufficient wireless frequency spectrum needed to support a growing number of consumer devices

With the ubiquity of WiFi devices in the modern world, spectrum crunch is becoming more widespread, and this could be affecting your internet connection.

The 2.4GHz spectrum is intensively used for not only wireless devices, but other devices such as cordless phone handsets, bluetooth devices such as headsets or keyboards, baby monitors, and video monitoring or rebroadcasting  systems. WiFi running on 2.4GHz can even receive interference from some surprising sources: Christmas lights, microwave ovens, garage door openers, drones and remote control cars, and cheap AC adaptors.

With our modern suburban houses so close together, the interference that’s affecting your connection might not even be coming from within your own home – all those other WiFi networks you can see from your devices could potentially be interfering with your own.

When troubleshooting speed and connection dropout problems, we recommend using a computer connected via Ethernet cable. This will enable you to get a true picture of the speeds your router is receiving – then, simply by comparing the results against your speeds over WiFi, you can identify whether WiFi interference may be present in your home network.

In some cases, these problems can be entirely resolved by simply changing a setting in your router so it uses another channel. Where WiFi interference is widespread or intense and can’t be eliminated, a router that offers you a choice of WiFi spectrum may be a better choice. Routers such as the NetComm NF18ACV, which has 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi networks on board can give you the range you need to find an unaffected channel and make sure your connection’s performance isn’t being unnecessarily impeded by poor WiFi performance.

For assistance with any WiFi concerns you may have, or to upgrade to an enhanced router, you can log a ticket with our support team via the customer portal.