Thursday, January 27, 2011

Does weather affect wireless connection?

This is a great question!  I live in Florida (thank God!) and we stay warm most of the year with a couple dips down toward the 20’s.  We have very bad rain and thunderstorms during the spring and summer months but not the freezing cold of up north.  Today’s blog question is brought to me by a client of mine in New York … once it drops below 30 F on the thermometer her Belkin wireless G router starts failing; dropping signal and losing her internet connection.  Usually, she can reboot the router and the signal will remain strong for a while and then drop again about every 1/2 hour. 

The first items that need to be cleared up are: YES the router is within her house, she is not borrowing someone else’s signal from a far.  Additionally, it is a G router.  Lastly, the home is a mobile home with very thin, tin walls.

I have been trying to find the answer to this question and here is what I have been able to find from other web sites:

This is yahoo someone wrote in with the question of the day and here are other people’s responses:

Could weather affect wireless connection?

Last week there was heavy rain and the wireless internet connection was fine until a few days ago. All day it either gains or loses signal every hour and I'm not sure what caused it. Maybe it was the weather but I believe there could be other causes. It's getting more sunnier than before and I'm hoping that wireless connection should return to normal.

  • GreyolddaveGreyoldd...

    Yes, it happens that the 2.4 mhz band used by the G type wifi is exactly the frequency that is absorbed by water. Thus if your wifi connection is a little weak then a lot of rain or snow can interfere.

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  • MikesTooLzMikesToo...

    can weather effect wireless networks? Yes
    Should you really be seeing big noticable effects? No.
    Your router could be on its way out. Or there could be some type of interferance like a microwave, neighbor just got a new wifi router, cordless house phones....

    • 1 year ago


Here is another similar question and answer from another Yahoo answers site:

Can snow and cold weather affect internet connection?

i have notice that my internet keeps disconnecting every 10 seconds seriously. i have also noticed that only this happens from evening night time all the way to early morning. IN THE DAY TIME the internet works well. its winter here so night time is freezing.


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It could be, but I doubt it, because daytime temperatures in the dead of winter are colder (in most places) than the coldest nighttime temperatures now. If you're using wireless it could be interference. Or it could be that your provider has a problem. (Or it *could* be that one particular outdoor connection is bad, and the *change* in temperature at night is causing a problem. Not likely, but possible.)

Asker's Rating:
3 out of 5
Asker's Comment:
problem with the router most likely .. gotta find a better router


As I read I found over and over people stating that the wireless G router runs on a frequency that is easily affected by weather and humidity level changes. 

I did find a few people chiming in stating that this was impossible – but I tend to want to get more information.  I did a few different Google searches looking for variations on “freezing temps and poor wireless connections” and this is another issues I read about.  The actual cables from the cable company coming into the house and modem may be causing the issues, as they are apparently very affected by the changes in the temp. 

This forum had a great discussion you can read the whole thing at:

One of their readers suggested the following:

“You need to call tech and make sure your wire is good from the drop. I had something like that happen last year and when the replaced the cable they had found a squirrel had chewed partway through it. another way is when you do call tech ask them for your modem test I.P.”

”Then you can check latency when you need too and also record when the modem " sees ". That way you might have a better chance of tracking it down. More then likely they are going to replace the cable from drop to home. The inside stuff is up to you unless you want to pay extra for it. They shouldn't charge you for running from drop to home.”


So how can we improve our internet signal without buying a new router?  I found this helpful information from Microsoft.

10 tips to help improve your wireless network

If the Windows operating system ever notifies you about a weak Wi-Fi signal, it probably means that your connection isn't as fast or as reliable as it could be. Worse, you might lose your connection entirely in some parts of your home. If you want to boost the signal for your wireless network (WLAN), try some of these tips for extending your wireless range and improving your wireless network speed and performance.

Couple at a laptop reviewing wireless channels

1. Position your wireless router, modem router, or access point in a central location

When possible, place your wireless router, wireless modem router (a DSL or cable modem with a built-in wireless router), or wireless access point (WAP) in a central location in your home. If your wireless router, modem router, or access point is against an outside wall of your home, the signal will be weak on the other side of your home. If your router is on the first floor and your PC or laptop is on the second floor, place the router high on a shelf in the room where it is located. Don't worry if you can't move your wireless router, because there are many other ways to improve your connection.

Bad router and good router placement comparison

2. Move the router off the floor and away from walls and metal objects (such as metal file cabinets)

Metal objects, walls, and floors will interfere with your router's wireless signals. The closer your router is to these obstructions, the more severe the interference, and the weaker your connection will be.

3. Replace your router's antenna

The antennas supplied with your router are designed to be omnidirectional, meaning that they broadcast in all directions around the router. If your router is near an outside wall, half of the wireless signals will be sent outside your home, and much of your router's power will be wasted. Most routers don't allow you to increase the power output, but you can make better use of the power. If your router’s antenna is removable, you can upgrade to a high-gain antenna that focuses the wireless signals in only one direction. You can even aim the signal in the direction you need it most. Consider a Linksys high-gain antenna—they’re powerful and easy to install. Or shop for other high-gain antennas.

Standard antenna and high-gain antenna examples

4. Replace your laptop's wireless PC card-based network adapter

Laptops with built-in wireless networking capability typically have excellent antennas and don't need to have their network adapters upgraded. These tips are for laptops that do not have built-in wireless networking.

Wireless network signals must be sent both to and from your computer. Sometimes your router can broadcast strongly enough to reach your computer, but your computer can't send signals back to your router. To improve this, replace your laptop's PC card-based wireless network adapter with a USB wireless network adapter that uses an external antenna. In particular, consider a Linksys Wireless-N or Hawking Hi-Gain Wireless-N USB network adapter. These add an external, high-gain antenna to your computer and can significantly extend your wireless range.

Wireless router and wireless repeater

5. Add a wireless repeater

Wireless repeaters extend your wireless network range without requiring you to add any wiring. Just place the wireless repeater halfway between your wireless router, modem router, or access point and your computer, and you can get an instant boost to your wireless signal strength. Check out the wireless-N repeaters from Linksys, Hawking Hi-Gain, ViewSonic, D-Link, and Buffalo Technology, or shop for a wireless-N repeater.

Wireless channels

6. Change your wireless channel

Wireless routers can broadcast on several different channels, similar to the way radio stations use different channels. In the United States and Canada, these channels are 1, 6, and 11. Just as you'll sometimes hear interference on one radio station while another is perfectly clear, sometimes one wireless channel is clearer than others. Try changing your wireless router's channel through your router's configuration page to see if your signal strength improves. You don't need to change your computer's configuration, because it can automatically detect the new channel.

To find your router configuration page, consult this quick reference table, which shows the default addresses for common router manufacturers. If the address is not listed here, read the documentation that came with your router, or visit the manufacturer's webpage.






Microsoft Broadband



7. Reduce wireless interference

The most common wireless technology, 802.11g (wireless-G), operates at a frequency of 2.4 gigahertz (GHz). Many cordless phones, microwave ovens, baby monitors, garage door openers, and other wireless electronics also use this frequency. If you use these wireless devices in your home, your computer might not be able to "hear" your router over the noise coming from them.

If your network uses wireless-G, you can quiet the noise by avoiding wireless electronics that use the 2.4 GHz frequency. Instead, look for cordless phones and other devices that use the 5.8 GHz or 900 megahertz (MHz) frequencies. Because 802.11n (wireless-N) operates at both 2.4 GHz and the less frequently used 5.0 GHz frequency, you may experience less interference on your network if you use this technology.

8. Update your firmware or your network adapter driver

Router manufacturers regularly make free improvements to their routers. Sometimes, these improvements increase performance. To get the latest firmware updates for your router, visit your router manufacturer's website.

Similarly, network adapter vendors occasionally update the software that Windows uses to communicate with your network adapter, known as the driver. These updates typically improve performance and reliability. To get the driver updates, follow the instructions for your operating system:

9. Pick equipment from a single vendor

Although a Linksys router will work with a D-Link network adapter, you often get better performance if you pick a router and network adapter from the same vendor. Some vendors offer a performance boost of up to twice the performance when you choose their hardware (like their USB wireless network adapters). Linksys has the SpeedBooster technology for its wireless-G devices, and D-Link has the 108G enhancement for its wireless-G devices. These enhancements can be helpful if you have wireless-G devices and you need to transmit over a long distance or you live in an older house (old walls tend to block the signal more than newly built ones do).

If speeding up your connection is important to you, consider the next tip—upgrading your wireless technology.

10. Upgrade 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g devices to 802.11n

Although wireless-G (802.11g) may be the most common type of wireless network, wireless-N (802.11n) is at least twice as fast and it has better range and stability. Wireless-N is backward-compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g, so you can still use any existing wireless equipment that you have—though you won’t see much improvement in performance until you upgrade your computer or network adapter to wireless-G, too.

If you're using wireless-B or wireless-G and you're unhappy with your network’s speed and performance, consider replacing your router and network adapters with wireless-N equipment. If you're buying new equipment, definitely choose wireless-N. Linksys Wireless-N routers, for example, are powerful, secure, and simple to set up. So are Linksys Wireless-N USB wireless network adapters.

Find out which wireless technology is installed on your computer:

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Wireless networks never reach the theoretical bandwidth limits. Wireless-B networks typically get 2–5 megabits per second (Mbps). Wireless-G networks are usually in the 13–23 Mbps range. The average everyday speed for wireless-N equipment is about 50 Mbps.

Don’t forget—the security of your wireless network is as important as its speed and performance. Learn about the different security methods.

Help make your network more secure:

This stuff is complicated and we understand.  Simply Seniors Computer Tutor looks forward to helping you with your computer needs however big they may be.  We can find a qualified technician in your area that can help with your home networking issues.  Thank you again for reading and please suggest this to all of your friends! 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi! really have to do effect on wireless network by weather but I have believed on it effect can be thanks for sharing it really i didn't know that .

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