That may be a symptom of frequency interference.
Frequency interference is when another device is transmitting on the same frequency as Wi-Fi.
The classic symptom of interference is that your device appears to be connected with a strong signal, but web pages are slow to load or videos would “buffer”.
Here is a list of common sources for interference that you might find in a residence hall:
|Wireless Routers and Access Points (including Apple Time Capsules)||High||Very Far||Unplug your personal wireless router or access point. (Disable your Time Capsule's wireless connectivity and use a USB cable.)|
|Wireless-capable cameras or set-top boxes like Slingbox and Apple TVs||Disable the wireless connectivity in your device and use wired alternatives.|
|Wireless Printers||High||Medium||Disable the wireless feature in your printer and use a USB cable.|
|Wireless speakers or audio systems||High||Medium||Use wired speakers.|
|Cordless phones||High||Medium||Use a wired phone.|
|Microwaves||High||Short||Don't use microwaves next to computers.|
Some gaming devices
|High||Short||Make sure that these devices are powered off when not in use.|
|Bluetooth devices||Medium||Short||Make sure that these devices are powered off when not in use or use wired alternatives.|
Last updated: November 16, 2020