Urban Wi-Fi Dies a Little Every Time a Baby Cries

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If you're experiencing slower Wi-Fi connections, and you live in a highly populated area, there is a great possibility that your connection is being challenged by interference coming from baby monitors.


Sources are reporting that other unlicensed equipment that are also operating on the 2.4GHz band—including microwave ovens and audio/video senders, such as specific radios, wireless TV transmitters and security cameras—are causing interference in certain areas of the UK. Reports suggest a way to correct the situation would be to regulate the use of these type of 2.4GHz-band devices, or even warn consumers about Wi-Fi interference by sticking "2.4GHz-friendly logos" onto such devices. This then puts the ball in the consumer's court, forcing you to ask yourself: Would I rather smoothly surf the Internet or... monitor my baby? [PCPro via Slashdot]

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Maybe just set up a wireless N network on the 5Ghz band? I can't imagine that the average consumer is going to understand a "2.4Ghz friendly" logo is supposed to mean. As a parent I always thought baby monitors were kinda the lazy way out. I mean instead of sitting on the couch listening for my kid to say "Waaa! Waaa! I need milk, dada, over!" or making sure they were fine during their naps, I actually got up at regular intervals to check in on them in person. Or, take naps with your kids! I'm going to really miss the daily nap when she gets older...