This is a thing that I have been noticing a lot, Whenever I go near my small compact microwave and trying to play music and open a webpage. It always messes up with my signal of Wi-Fi, and sometimes I do get it good. But most of the time it is really never letting my phone gets a good signal. So that is why I thought about going into the depth of this problem and what happens. That makes my Wi-Fi always goes down when I’m using both of them together, so let’s start with knowing about them.
What are microwaves?
Microwaves are electromagnetic waves that produce electromagnetic wavelength that gives you the range up to 1m to 1mm. Depending on the obstacles while using it.
What is Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi is your wireless connection that let your devices to connect with each other and also let your devices to connect to the internet that we mostly use it for. The Wi-Fi is great and probably the most useful need of this generation.
So what happens that makes the microwaves interfere with Wi-Fi?
Electromagnetic radiation, we are surrounded by these radiation every day. Like I said that microwaves are electromagnetic wavelengths and this also includes your other devices like TV remote, Wi-Fi and there are plenty more. devices that you will see.
They come in different types, and those types depend on their frequency. When you have high frequency you will find there the Gamma rays and your X rays. Which are mostly used in the hospital and science lab these frequencies can harm humans. While what we using is the low-frequency waves that is your radio waves and microwaves.
Microwave oven and Wi-Fi routers
As I told you that almost every appliance we used in our daily lives are run through electromagnetic wavelength to properly function. And the most common household appliances are your microwave and your Wi-Fi router only. Especially your Wi-Fi router which never turns off for most people. Let me tell you one short thing that I already said they both do need electromagnetic waves to work and function properly. Your microwave oven emits and use microwaves to heat food. While your Wi-Fi uses radio waves to work and provide a signal to your device.
So do they interfere with each other?
In short, yes, they do interfere with each other. You know now that they are almost the same thing, works on the same wavelength and produce electromagnetic waves only. It’s no wonder that they will clash and give some sort of resentment when brought together. it’s just like your magnet north pole coming with the other magnet north pole, of course, they are never going to attract. Same thing with your animals if you bring some species of same-gender you will for sure see a great clash in between them. They tend to clash because of being so much similar. That is why even your microwaves and Wi-Fi do clash and interfere with each other.
So when it starts clashing?
You will notice that before turning your microwave on you will see your Wi-Fi router connection pretty good and with no harm at all. While as soon as you turn your microwave on for heating your food. The Wi-Fi router connection feels those waves and your simple webpage won’t even open. So the reason behind it is super simple that both of their frequency is even the same. They both use electromagnetic waves and then they also use the same frequency of 2.4Ghz. Even though the microwave is not transferring data it still radiates that amount of frequency.
So how can a close microwave oven let that frequency out of its shield? Do you need to consider changing your oven and getting a new one? Is it leaking because it’s broken? There will be lots of questions that will be running through your mind. Well, let me tell you simple things that it’s not your microwave fault it’s just how it is. Even though you get a pack newly microwave oven it will still happen there are always some open spots that are there for your microwave from which the wavelength does get out.
So what you can do?
To be honest mostly nothing, there is one thing you can do but I didn’t do when I found out. You can upgrade your Wi-Fi to 5Ghz which will give you a speed advantage and it won’t interfere with your microwaves. But there was this short-range disadvantage with it. As the lower frequency In a router that is your 2.4Ghz can travel more and give you a better range and I need more than I need 10 minutes of Wi-Fi extra.