What is Interference Robustness?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Butler Trumpet, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. Butler Trumpet macrumors 6502

    Butler Trumpet

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    What is Interference Robustness? It is an option on the pull down menu when you go wireless.... I dont have it checked... until now I did, and I dont see any difference... what does it do?
    Thanks
     
  2. asif786 macrumors 65816

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    I have no idea what it does (I guess it tries to minmize interference ;)), but I know that whenever I turn it on, it knocks my wireless out..

    I've never seen it deliver an advantage..

    /asif
     
  3. Butler Trumpet thread starter macrumors 6502

    Butler Trumpet

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    hmm... weird. Yeah I guess it must block stuff maybe. my wireless didnt do anything... however the finder seemed a bit zippier...... just kidding ;)
     
  4. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a

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    It must reduce interference in certain conditions. like if you have a lot of interference from other devices... the only thing I notice it does it it reduces the signal strength for me.
     
  5. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    Just have a look in the Airport Admin Utility folks...
     

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  7. fwhh macrumors regular

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    It has something to do with microwave ovens...
    They operate at frequencies of 2.45Ghz, almost the same as the 2.4GHz of your airport card. This option is ment to reduce the "noisy" caused by microwaves...
     
  8. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    Intereference Robustness is a feature built in to Airport cards to help drown out interference from other wave-emitting devices in similar frequencies, such as microwaves and 2.4 Ghz cordless phones. From what I can gather, turning on interference robustness increases the power but reduces the transmission range, thus you need to be within a good distance of your Airport base station for this to work.
    Apple doesn't give much information about this. I had to do a Google search a while back when I had the same question. So basically, don't use it unless your computer and base station are right next to the microwave!
     
  9. Butler Trumpet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow, thats cool
    guess its a good thing for me to have on... cause my microwave, aswell as 2.4ghz phone are both in between me and my wireless station... awesome... maybe that feeling i had of "i think my internet is faster" wasnt just in my head when i turned it on :)
    thanks
     

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