Digital  baby   monitors  use wireless signals. These digital signals can suffer from interference from other devices that send and receive wirelessly. Signal interference is a pain, and unfortunately, quite common in our electronic gadget heavy households.

Analogue monitors suffer from signal interference more than their digital cousins. But, that’s not to say digital versions cannot suffer as well. Electronic devices such as broadband routers, cordless phones and even some children’s toys can cause interference.

How does interference happen?

 Baby   monitors  use the 2.4Ghz frequency to send wireless signals. This frequency band is quite wide-ranging. But, other electronic devices, that also use the same frequency band and channel, can clash. This is when interference happens.

When you experience interference you will hear static, buzzing, other people’s conversations, and/or electronic feedback. If you have a video  baby   monitor  the picture can become fuzzy and become out of focus.

Most of the time you can pinpoint what device is causing the problem. However, if you can’t, you may think you have a faulty unit. Even if you know what device is causing the problem, throwing it away isn’t always an option. Your  baby   monitor , especially if it’s a digital version, may have cost you a fair amount of money.

Please read on to find out what three simple and easy actions you can take to reduce  baby   monitor  interference.

Move your monitor

This first tip may sound pretty simple. However, if your monitor is near another electronic device, such as a broadband router or cordless phone, you need to move it away. Either move the  baby   monitor  or move the device causing the interference.

If at all possible, move the offending item into a different room. If you are unsure what device is causing the problem. Switch them off one by one. You should be able to tell what electronic item is causing the problem.

Try to avoid placing your monitor in the furthest corner in the room. Having as clear a line of sight between the parent and sending unit, will help keep the signal strong.

Change the frequency channel

Devices that use the 2.4Ghz frequency band generally use one of eleven channels. These channels help reduce interference from other wireless gadgets. Normally, a digital monitor will have an auto channel selection option. If the monitor detects a channel clash, it will change to another channel.

If your  baby   monitor  doesn’t have auto channel selection, you will have to change this manually. Sometimes this is trial and error until you find a channel where no interference occurs. You may also have to manually change the wireless channel on other devices causing problems in your home.

Turn the monitor on first

If you are still having interference problems after the two tips above, turn on your  baby   monitor  first. This means all other wireless devices in your home must be off before your turn your monitor on.

Sometimes this is fine, others, such as broadband routers are meant to be left on all day and night. However, by switching on your digital monitor first this gives it the best chance to get the 2.4Ghz signal and channel. It won’t have to compete with other devices that may be a bit more aggressive with it wireless signal.

Conclusion

I hope you found the three tips above helpful. You do not want to hear other people’s conversations or their  baby’s  crying down your  monitor . Interference on any digital device is inconvenient. But, on a  baby   monitor  it can be alarming and serious. By following the three tips above you will have a good chance of reducing  baby   monitor  interference problems.



Source by Babies & Kiddos

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