While trying to trouble shoot why my internet speed is still soooo slow i came upon this option when i clicked on my signal strength and was wondering what it is??? Again the option is called "Use Interference Robustness" What is that???
On most devices that run on the 2.4ghz frequency they run in 8ms bursts with 8ms rest, wifi normally runs in 16ms burst and 8 or 16ms rest, i believe. When the two are running the 8ms burst of the other devices cuts out 8ms of the transmisions on the airport. the interface robustness figures out when to send out 8ms burst to not get cut out.
and yes microwaves do have to do with it. Microwave ovens your wificard, wireless router, wireless phones, all run on microwaves, just at diffrent strength.
Yeah, it's supposed to provide some defense against interference from other devices. Apple has been silent on what exactly it's supposed to do, but I remember reading an article somewhere about it having to do specifically with interference from microwaves. Something about the usual techniques used to reduce interference actually causing increased interference due to the periodic nature of interference generated by microwaves.
Does it make a difference where you check interference robustness? There is the option on the computer (under the airport menu) and the option on any apple base station (in the Airport Admin Utility). Should both be checked? Does it matter?
What if you don't have a Apple base station, does it make any difference checking it on your computer?
only use it if you have alot of interferance. When it shortens its burst period it also lowers the speed, makes it a bit slower. Apple and apple hardware would be ideal, but alot of hardware supports it, they just automaticly select it instead of an option.