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Wannabe Geek

# 131148 10-Oct-2013 13:44
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I have uncovered a very strange issue and I am posting on here to see if anyone has any idea's as to why this happens.

Scenario: Internet running very slow, Youtube defaults to 144P , OH MY WHATS GOING ON!!!!, WiFi connection to my router bounces between 2-4bars on my Windows 8 PC.

The mystery: It was running at 5 bars without any drop in signal at all when i checked previously, Youtube generally will stream at 1080P without the need to wait for buffering.

So I do some experimenting and remove the Pen drive in the port next to the USB WiFi dongle. Attempt speedtest

The speedtest - USB Pen drive next to WiFi dongle removed.

Surely that can't be the issue!!! So i plug it back in and perform a second speedtest.

Second Speedtest - USB Pen drive plugged back in next to the USB WiFi Dongle

Errr... yep it sure is!

So I appear to have found the issue.. just wondering if anyone can shed some light on why this happens? I for one am absolutely baffled. FYI i tried different USB ports aswell and the same effect is present.

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Uber Geek


  # 913816 11-Oct-2013 19:13
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No, it will be the flash drive making RF noise in the 2.4GHz band and being a couple of mm off the antenna.

Intel actually published some documents about this, as it is heaps worse with USB3 and will actually make wireless mouse recievers totally lose the mouse when a USB3 device is plugged into the neighbouring socket.


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