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Cordless phone interferes w/wireless internet

by mcd416 / August 24, 2005 11:52 AM PDT

I have a Radio Shack 2.4GHz digital cordless phone. When I'm online and use this phone, my laptop loses the wireless internet signal. This happens about 90% of the time. On rare occasions the signal remains uneffected.
I'm running windows xp mce and I have a Netgear wireless router. The signal to the desktop is never effected by use of the cordless phone.

Any suggestions as to how this might be resolved?

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In the router, change the channel.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2005 12:45 PM PDT

I try channel 1, then 11.

Bob

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Should only happen with analog
by Yew / August 24, 2005 10:56 PM PDT

If your phone truely is digital, this shouldn't happen. Digital and analog signals are completely different, and wi-fi gear is analog. I've got a 2.4GHz DSS (digital spread spectrum) phone here, and it never seems to bother the wireless.

Sounds like you've got an analog phone, which WILL cause problems, and if Bob's suggestion doesn't work, you're going to have to get a new phone.

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FWIW
by Alan Copeland / August 24, 2005 11:19 PM PDT

Linksys recommends keeping 2.4GHz phones away from their 2.4 routers and such.

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Works fine here
by Yew / August 24, 2005 11:35 PM PDT
In reply to: FWIW

Linksys wireless router working just fine with a dual handset 2.4GHz DSS phone not more than probably 30ft away.

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Is it wireless or portable?
by chuckieu / August 25, 2005 3:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Works fine here

These are 2 different things. A wireless phone is commonly called a cell phone. A portable phone is a cordless handset system in either 900 mz or 2.4 mz. Since they 1st came out 5-6 years ago, these phones(2.4) have
said up front that they interfered with everything in that range. Only choice is to change to 900mz or TRUE 2.4
DSS. Good luck. chuck

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You're right
by Yew / August 25, 2005 3:44 AM PDT

It's a cordless phone. I'm not a fan of cell phones, so we only have one which more times than not has a dead battery from it just being a POS.

Of course there's also now 5.8GHz phones, at least on the cordless end of things. Can't really say as the quality is that much more impressive than my older 900MHz phone, nor does it seem able to achieve greater distances. BUT, there's pretty much no chance of it bothering my wi-fi gear. Happy

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re: You're right
by Tecumseh / August 25, 2005 9:44 AM PDT
In reply to: You're right

The 2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum cordless phones can case interference with you computer and/or router depending on proximity.

I purchased a 5.8 MHz phone and my interference problems vanished. One side benefit was that I ended up with absolutely the best cordless phone I have owned, the VTech 5.8 GHz Digital Spread Spectrum with digital answering machine.

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