How RF Interference Impacts the Wireless Network

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ciscoCisco recently performed an on-line survey about RF interference and Wi-Fi network usage with 600 participants from industries such as  agriculture, education, arts, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and many others.

78% of companies now consider all or part of their wireless network to be mission critical.

54% of companies indicated that RF interference causes wireless network performance problems (and another 18% don’t know if RF interference is impacting their Wi-Fi network).

RF interference is an important problem impacting wireless network performance. These findings show that maintaining wireless network performance while also minimizing RF interference is vital for today’s organizations.

Many of Cisco’s customers  indicated that they did not know what to do about RF interference. Some were having trouble finding the source of the interference where others simply did not know how to correct the RF interference.  There are many Wi-Fi and non Wi-FI devices that can cause RF interference. These devices include microwave ovens, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, wireless video cameras, outdoor microwave links, wireless game controllers, Zigbee devices, fluorescent lights, WiMAX, and so on. LBA offers some RF interference FAQs as well as a line of RF shielding materials.  Of particular interest to those in the medical field is our technical note relating to RF interference of medical equipment.  Those in the educational field may want to check out our technical note relating to RF containment in lab environments.

If you have any interesting interference stories, we want to hear from you!

For more information on LBA’s interference solutions, contact Mike Britner.

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