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Smart Meters Might Disrupt WiFi

May 19, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

smart meter energy manageA blogger at Smart Data Collective says electric smart meters rolled out by utilities may cause interference with WiFi.

A Zigbee device within each smart meter sends a ping about every 30 seconds to communicate with other smart meters in the vicinity, creating a mesh network. If a WiFi router is set on or near the same channel as the Zigbee signal, the WiFi can be disrupted.

WiFi routers are 2.4ghz and on channel 6 or 9, says Smart Data Collective, adding that Zigbee especially causes problems for WiFi on channel 6. Changing the channel on the WiFi router to 1 or 11 significantly helps the problem.

Consumers have found lots of things to complain about when it comes to smart meters, including invasion of privacy and causing fires.

Photo: Smart meter via Shutterstock


One comment on “Smart Meters Might Disrupt WiFi

  1. ALL Non-Ionizing ( cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, SMART METERS, Power-lines ) emit RADIATION which is now a Class 2B Carcinogen by the WHO – World Health Organization. Class 2B is compared to DDT, LEAD, CHLOROFORM and ASBESTOS. Wi-Fi, who cares!!! It is just as dangerous with cumulative radiation. The more received, the more CELL or DNA DAMAGE!! WAKE UP SHEEPLES!! Smart Meters emit PULSED Radiation 24/7. 1 meter can transmit up to 5 miles, 1 collector unit ( arterial streets ) can emit up to 125 Square miles, thus blanketing our city in RF RADIATION!!

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