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Wifi overload?

 

Ed
 Ed
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Wireless radar. Wireless AIS. Wireless windlass control. Wireless wind transducer. Wireless autopilot control. Wireless hotspot. Wireless speakers. Etc, etc, etc.

Is there a concern with interference from or between all this stuff? Especially for critical components like an AIS transceiver? 

I'm new here, if this has been discussed plz point me in that direction. Thank you!

 


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Ben Stein
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Ed,

 

I think it's been touched on before but I don't know that we've discussed it head-on. You're right that there are concerns about the proliferation of wireless devices. For those of us testing lots of gear or enthusiasts with large amounts of gear installed there's a likelihood that we will see troubles. 

I've lost count of the number of wireless networks on my boat (and RV for that matter) but it's a bunch and enough to saturate the available 802.11b 2.4ghz channels. The good news is that most of the short-range wireless protocols (WiFi, Bluetooth, proprietary networks) operate at much higher frequencies than traditional VHF, AIS, or HF. 

But, that doesn't mean that it's not a concern. It's a major contributor to why I always prefer wired connections for safety systems like Radar.

 

-Ben S.

Publisher, Panbo.com


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Ed
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Are there differences on the receiving end?

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