Xbox 360 disrupting WiFi signals?

It’s not clear whether the signal disrupts the college’s WLAN access points or students’ wireless notebooks. There is some anecdotal evidence, however, that it at least affects other radios in the same 2.4GHz band.

Morrisville IT staff typically use Bluetooth headsets, which run in the 2.4GHz band, with their cell phones when they troubleshoot problems on the spacious campus. “We had problems syncing our headsets to our phone where this signal was strong,” says Matt Barber, the college’s network administrator. A phone user had to physically touch the headset to the cell phone to make the initial connection, he says.

There may be effects on the WLAN that the equipment itself, from Meru Networks, is circumventing, according to Barber. Part of Meru’s WLAN architecture employs software that gives the access points more control over wireless-client transmission behavior than does the software of some of Meru’s rivals. An access point near a radiating Xbox may be compensating for interference by in effect guiding a wireless laptop to send and receive when open spectrum is available, essentially dodging around the Xbox signal. (link)

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