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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Overheard in the Office

posted by on October 9 at 16:35 PM

“Did you know that Jonah and Dominic lose their Internet connection every time someone runs the microwave?”

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Is this true? If so, I feel terrible.

Posted by David Schmader | October 9, 2008 4:47 PM

That's probably because the microwave & the wireless router share the same frequency band. I see the same thing @ home.

Posted by blackhook | October 9, 2008 4:52 PM

Curse you and your infernal Vegan Chimirrito, Schmader.

Posted by AJ | October 9, 2008 4:53 PM


Posted by Bethany Jean Clement | October 9, 2008 4:58 PM

How was this fixed? This happens to me at home everytime I run the microwave. Is it just a matter of positioning the router in a different spot?

Posted by dreamboatcaptain | October 9, 2008 6:16 PM

That's funny. Everytime someone uses the microwave in my office, the voices stop.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 9, 2008 6:23 PM

Microwaves cook using the 2.4Ghz frequency band, the same frequency that 802.11b/g(WiFi) uses.

Posted by pragmatic | October 9, 2008 6:27 PM

From Wikipedia

The cooking chamber itself is a Faraday cage enclosure which prevents the microwaves from escaping into the environment. The oven door is usually a glass panel for easy viewing, but has a layer of conductive mesh to maintain the shielding. Because the size of the perforations in the mesh is much less than the wavelength of 12 cm, most of the microwave radiation cannot pass through the door, while visible light (with a much shorter wavelength) can. With wireless computer networks gaining in popularity, microwave interference has become a concern near wireless networks. Microwave ovens are capable of disrupting wireless network transmissions because the ovens generate radio waves of about 2.45 GHz in the 802.11b/g frequency band, some of them escaping the enclosure despite the presence of the mesh.

Posted by pragmatic | October 9, 2008 6:32 PM

you can adjust your wireless routers folks

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 9, 2008 9:03 PM

Better to lose your WiFi than to lose your respiratory function to diacetyl-laced popcorn.

Posted by rob | October 9, 2008 10:05 PM

Check to see if your router supports 802.11a or 802.11n.

As posters have said above. 802.11g, the most common router wifi format, uses the same frequency as microwave ovens and overall is just slow and lame.

A or N are your friends.

Posted by ddg | October 10, 2008 3:53 AM

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