Baby monitor interferes with iPhone Wi-Fi

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by ericg301, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    Hey all,

    So we have this baby video monitor:

    And we also have a couple iPhone 5s. When the monitor is near the phone, the phone's wifi slows down almost to a crawl. There's still some data transfer, but it's more or less unusable. Turning off the monitor cranks the wifi back up to normal speed. So obviously there's some sort of interference going on.

    But as I type this now, the monitor is inches away from my laptop and the wifi is working fine.

    Anyone know why the monitor would interfere with the iPhone, but not the laptop? And are there any settings on my router I can tweak to change channels or frequency? I don't know much about this sort of thing.
  2. ProudLoz macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2012
    Find out what channel the baby monitor is transmitting at and change it on your router if it's on the same channel.
  3. bcrawfo2 macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2010
    The WIFI radio in your laptop is probably stronger than the iPhone.
    You should be able to change the channel on your wifi access point (use 1, 6, or 11).
  4. ProudLoz macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2012
    I did a simple google search based on the technology that the baby monitor uses based on the Amazon page, and this article states that there is nothing that you can do based on how the FHSS spectrum the baby monitor uses works.

    Basically, FHSS works by transmitting data by hopping channels very quickly, meaning that even if you change the channels on your router, the baby minotors signal will still interfere with it regardless. So, the best thing you can do is either live with it, change the equipment, or change the frequency to 5 GHz instead of 2.4 GHz on your router (if your router supports it).
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Or get a babysitter:D
  6. ericg301 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    thanks for looking into it. i have the standard FIOS router. will look into changing the frequency...if i can

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