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One New Thing
Monday, February 23, 2004
One New Thing: Cordless phones and wireless internet connections don’t like to play together.

Apparently (according to my source, who says he knows just enough about this to be dangerous) this is because they both use a Radio Frequency in the 2.4GHz range. If they are both trying to use similar frequencies at the same time they can corrupt each other’s data: or as I like to think of it, they argue over who gets to use the frequency. Today, the phone won. Seems that it only happens around the phone base though, fortunately. I wonder what people would think if we offered them wireless access then constantly interfered with it every time we had to make or take a call? :)

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