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Have you noticed a weak/slow connection to ObieWifi?
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Have you noticed a weak or slow connection to ObieWifi?
  
Does the signal seem strong but things are loading slow?
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Does the signal seem strong but webpages are loading slowly?
  
 
Have you noticed any other available wireless networks in addition to ObieWifi?
 
Have you noticed any other available wireless networks in addition to ObieWifi?
  
'''If your answer to all of these questions is yes, then you’re probably experiencing wireless interference.'''
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'''If your answer to all of these questions is yes, you’re probably experiencing wireless interference.'''
  
 
=What causes interference?=
 
=What causes interference?=

Revision as of 10:48, 26 July 2016

Have you noticed a weak or slow connection to ObieWifi?

Does the signal seem strong but webpages are loading slowly?

Have you noticed any other available wireless networks in addition to ObieWifi?

If your answer to all of these questions is yes, you’re probably experiencing wireless interference.

What causes interference?

Often, new printers come out of the box with their own wireless networks enabled (eg: named HP****, etc.) These printers can often be on the same wireless ‘channel’ as your nearest source for ObieWifi. If you are really close to an access point for ObieWifi, you may not notice any interference, as you may be connected on 5GHz instead of 2.4GHz (almost all these printers are 2.4GHz only).

How can you eliminate interference?

The best thing you can do is find the source of the interference and turn it off (if it’s your own printer!). Often, people don’t even realize that their printer is blasting out interference, and don’t take advantage of the wireless features anyways (If you need an extra long USB cable, visit the technology store in Mudd!) There is always at least one techie-type somewhere on your hall- ask around for help to disable the wireless features on your printer. Your printer can interfere with dorm rooms all the way down the hall! If you can’t find the source of the interference- talk to your neighbors! They are also probably experiencing interference, and you can work together to figure out who’s printer might be the culprit!

Official CIT Personal Wireless Printing Policy

CIT does not support personal, wireless printers on campus. Wireless printers can interfere with ObieWifi and cause degraded network performance for users connected to ObieWifi, meaning simply that you and the other people in your dorm will have slower connections if there are wireless printers set up in your building. For this reason, we ask that you connect directly to your printer using a USB cable when you would like to print in your residence, and disable its wireless features.