What causes wireless Internet sporadic

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Brenda
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Brenda
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This sporadic is happening in the lower level of a two level home. I am living on the lower level. The owners of the home have their wireless Internet service with telus and have given me their protected password. It seems that I very rarely can get connected during the day hours however very late at night, after midnight I can get a connection also very early in the morning, around 6.00 am. Could there be a fault in the telus service?
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I would say interference.
Brenda
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What do you mean exactly by interference?
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To clarify, I get intermittent service when on the bus as it goes from neighborhood to neighborhood where there to be deadzones.

Some places I go have indoor repeaters and some do not. Without repeaters you need to be near a window to get service.

Elevators are classic deadzones with electrical and material obstacles.
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Brenda
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This sporadic is happening in the lower level of a two level home. I am living on the lower level. The owners of the home have their wireless Internet service with telus and have given me their protected password. It seems that I very rarely can get connected during the day hours however very late at night, after midnight I can get a connection also very early in the morning, around 6.00 am. Could there be a fault in the telus service?
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No this is not yet solved. I hit the "solved" button in error. Still waiting for a solution?
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Sorry, I thought this was a problem with the cell service.  You have wifi issues.

 

Possible causes....

  • defective router that may need to be replaced.  Check with them if they are having problems at the same time
  • congestion.... if you are only getting a clear connection late at night, you might have a problem where the owners may be using their connection to stream movies until midnight.  I have a similar problem with free hotel wifi.  I get great speeds after midnight, but between 5pm when guests check-in... hotel wifi is only good for emails.
  • low internet speeds.... when you have a connection, do a go to speedtest.net to get some download speeds.  They may have a lower speed internet package
  • Microwave oven, wireless security cameras, wireless phones can also generate problems
  • by design.... sometimes the owner may be disabling the internet when they are not at home.  Perhaps the owner is disabling the wifi for diagnosis, or when he needs full bandwidth to stream movies or gaming.
  • building construction/material.... it's known that certain homes are built with chicken wire.... chicken wire in the floor can impact reception.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126221116097210861.html

A repeater might give you better reception that many floors down.

 

When you do get a clear signal at night, use speedtest.net to check your download speed. They might be on the basic high-speed package that limits the bandwidth, especially when shared.

 

Hope you are using a VPN.  When you share wifi, you are exposing your userid's and passwords when connecting to unsecured websites.