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8/9/2016 00:00 AM EDT
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Re: And guess what?
P_brane   8/10/2016 11:27:37 PM
I agree Absolutely. Even outside apartments the wi-fi interference problem can already be severe. I get interference (in my house) from at least 7 other devices (mostly wireless routers in other houses) the nearest of those is 20 metres away and the most distant almost 300 metres.

Wi-Fi (2.4 or 5G) has become unusable to stream video to the television, even from within the same room. Clearly, existing devices (and I have tried high-end and domestic brands) do not really "play nice".


That being the existing situation in many loactions, the arrival of new commercial users in the tiny bit of unlicensed spectrum that is available will see the end of free WiFi altogether and that is not likely to make IoT projects ubiquitous.

I have started a wiring project to solve some of the problems but there is no easy solution for devices with no cable connection.


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And guess what?
Bert22306   8/10/2016 10:03:17 PM
As bad as WiFi interence is, and any apartment dweller already knows this, LTE-U can only make matters worse.

Here's a trivial example. In search for freebie spectrum, what will prevent Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and any number of others, from installing an LTE-U base station on the light pole directly in front of my house?

You might argue that my neighbors could do that too, with their WiFi, but that argument would be ludicrous. On the other hand, for any business making revenues from ubiquitous coverage, placing LTE-U base stations on light poles makes perfect sense.

How exactly will these base stations, just feet away from my own WiFi access point, "play nice" with my WiFi? That's silly. They won't. They'll grab the available channels, and that's the end of it. The WiFi interference problem well known in apartment buildings becomes the WiFi experience for everyone.

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