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Subject:  Re: Open question: What to put into a new house? Date:  2/25/2004  5:06 PM
Author:  Radish Number:  46686 of 137224

They're touchy, at best, and very prone to interference from other products in the 2.4Ghz range (such as Microwaves, phones, and WiFI networking).

I agree with Joe (FlyingDiver) that wired is superior to wireless. He leaves out a major source of interference for some of us: neighbors. If you live in a high-density residential neighborhood, chances are good a number of your neighbors are transmitting on the same frequencies — possibly even with the same product you're using.

My experience is that this can be very frustrating. Often, a small number of things transmitting on the same frequency band will work just fine (many products automatically switch to the clearest sub-frequency or use other anti-interference techniques like spread-spectrum). So as your neighbors use or don't use various devices, your gear may change from working fine, to working poorly, to not working at all. You reposition an antenna and things improve — for a while (did moving the antenna fix it, or did your neighbor just get off his cordless phone?).

Wired, though, works reliably and consistently day in and day out. If it's properly installed, problems of any kind are very rare.

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