Wi-Fi Interference

It may not be obvious at first, but what you do when you’re in your office, classroom, or walking around campus can affect WiFi performance for those around you. Learn how you can improve your own (and everyone's) WiFi experience on campus with some best practices.

Today, we’d like to remind everyone not to send mixed signals! WiFi networks use the same radio frequencies as many electronic devices, which may cause interference and impact its performance.

  • Don't use personal WiFi routers or hotspots on campus. These are prohibited on campus as they cause interference that inhibit WiFi for others nearby.
  • Don't use wireless printers in wireless mode – wireless printing will not work on the campus network so please make sure to use a USB cable to connect your printer and turn off wireless mode on the printer to prevent interference.

WiFi signals can be negatively affected by a surprising number of everyday devices. Microwave ovens, cordless phones, wireless audio speakers, wireless clocks, projectors, cameras, and gaming console controllers all use the same spectrum as the campus WiFi network and can interfere with your ability to receive the strongest signal to your device. Our Knowledge Base article has a handy table which details some common forms of disruptive interference and how much of an issue they create.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 508-565-1111 or service-desk@stonehill.edu