Home » 

UK ISP News Archives

 » 
Sponsored Links

UK Homes with Chicken Wire Walls Kill Wireless Wi-Fi Networks

Posted: 04th Jan, 2010 By: MarkJ
wireless towerIt's been revealed that homes built with metal wiring (Chicken Wire) inside old plaster walls exist at almost perfectly the right wavelength of a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11) wireless broadband network signal. The problem is that such wire makes setting up a Wi-Fi network (both internal or one received externally), extremely difficult because the walls would simply absorb its signal.

There's of course nothing new about the fundamental idea of walls impeding wireless networks, though it's still interesting to learn about how Chicken Wire effectively acts as an almost perfect "Faraday cage" (metal structures that inhibit or stop electricity and waves) for Wi-Fi transmissions.

A full report can be read in The Wall Street Journal, which notes that walls with Chicken Wire can absorb around 75% of the signal while basic plasterboard without it will only chomp down on 33%; useful to know. Credits to Thinkbroadband for spotting the link.
Search ISP News
Search ISP Listings
Search ISP Reviews
Cheap BIG ISPs for 100Mbps+
Community Fibre UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
NOW UK ISP Logo
NOW £24.00
100Mbps
Gift: None
Virgin Media UK ISP Logo
Virgin Media £26.00
132Mbps
Gift: None
Vodafone UK ISP Logo
Vodafone £26.50 - 27.00
150Mbps
Gift: None
Zen Internet UK ISP Logo
Zen Internet £28.00 - 35.00
100Mbps
Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
Cheapest ISPs for 100Mbps+
Gigaclear UK ISP Logo
Gigaclear £17.00
200Mbps
Gift: None
BeFibre UK ISP Logo
BeFibre £19.00
150Mbps
Gift: None
Community Fibre UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
YouFibre UK ISP Logo
YouFibre £22.99
150Mbps
Gift: None
Hey! Broadband UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
Sponsored Links
The Top 15 Category Tags
  1. FTTP (5720)
  2. BT (3569)
  3. Politics (2602)
  4. Openreach (2342)
  5. Business (2322)
  6. Building Digital UK (2277)
  7. FTTC (2061)
  8. Mobile Broadband (2039)
  9. Statistics (1830)
  10. 4G (1724)
  11. Virgin Media (1674)
  12. Ofcom Regulation (1494)
  13. Fibre Optic (1426)
  14. Wireless Internet (1417)
  15. FTTH (1383)
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms  ,  Privacy and Cookie Policy  ,  Links  ,  Website Rules