Can Microwave Ovens Affect Broadband?

  morddwyd 19:14 15 Jan 2017

My broadband signal has never been much good, but I've noticed the intermittent drop-out is much worse when the microwave is running.

I can understand an older microwave oven leaking a bit, though mine is only a year old, but surely it shouldn't affect the whole house, upstairs and down?

Router is about 10/15 metres from the oven, in another room.

  Forum Editor 08:53 18 Jan 2017

The answer to your question is yes.

Microwave ovens and WiFi routers commonly operate on the 2.4GHz band, and the shielding on your oven is not 100% efficient.

If you have a dual band router and the inconvenience is considerable, you might want to try setting the router to use the 5GHz channel.

  morddwyd 19:55 18 Jan 2017

Thanks FE. That explains a lot.

I do have a dual band router and I normally select 5Ghz as you suggest.

However, the major disruption is to my Sky Q signal, which as you're probably aware, uses my own LAN. Specifically the Sky Q mini box loses the dignal from the Sky Q box.

Unfortunately the 5Ghz frequency is not s selectable when setting up Sky Q, as Sky reserve it for streaming.

Lokks like a bit of judicious trial and error redepositing is in order!

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