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    Why does my wireless connection crash every time the microwave is switched on. As soon as it stops cooking, I get my connection back.

    Anybody else have this problem?

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    Yes and no - Freeview box on tele skips a few beats when the microwave dings or you open and close the fridge door. Some interference somewhere?

    I'm on a Netgear wireless router from step son's bedroom and all seems OK when microwave is on.

    Shield the area around yourself with lead or foil

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    With my boring Helpdesk head on.................

    My company makes, amongst other things, wireless creadit card machines (the type you get in reastaurants, which they bring over to your table)

    We have loads of issues with businesses using these anywhere remotely near fridges and microwaves - there is definite interference particularly between microwaves and the wireless frequency. If I knew a magic solution to this, I would be promoted immediately!!!!!!!

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    The actual micro-waves emitted inside your your microwave oven might be a similar wavelength/frequency to the high frequency radio waves that your wireless router uses, and may be causing interference. However, afaik, very few microwaves should be coming out of your oven, perhaps it has a leak somewhere?

    Anyway, on some routers you can change the 'channel' (frequency) that it works on, try another channel and perhaps the microwave wont affect it anymore

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    Basically the frequencies of WiFi and microwaves are the same (2.4Ghz usually for Wifi and 2.45Ghz for microwaves - according to Wikipedia) hence the problems.

    Not a lot can be done unless you can move your router or microwave around to create a better "line of sight" as it were between the router and the computer.

    A new standard for WiFi is emerging that works at 5Ghz so that should help eleviate the problems.

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