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Old 08-07-2008, 05:44 PM
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Default 2.4 Ghz Wireless Headphones interefere w/ Wireless Router

Hello smart people,

I recently bought a pair of Sony wireless 2.4 Ghz surround sound headphones. They work great, sound great, are super comfortable... only one problem: When I use them, anything that communicates with my wireless router stops working. This becomes an issue when I want to watch a movie while my girlfriend is working on her homework for college, which is pretty much the reason I got headphones in the first place.

I don't want to get rid of the headphones because otherwise they're perfect. I'd rather replace my router if that could help in any way. Or perhaps there are settings on the router that could be changed or manipulated?

The headphones have a Tune button that's supposed to help, but it doesn't work more often than it does.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:45 AM
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Two things are possible in this situation:

1: Use Ethernet. With a hard wired connection...there's no interference, so your headphone's signal is free to thrive.

2. Switch to a router that functions on the 5 gHz frequency. This would also require that you buy an adapter for the computers that use 2.4 gHz so that they will work on the 5 gHz bandwidth. That will also allow your head phones to work without interruption .

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Old 08-08-2008, 05:53 AM
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Yep, either switch channels on your router/wireless head phones or go to 5Ghz where it's much less crowded....for now.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:04 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions!

I started researching the 5 Ghz routers, but not only would I have to upgrade my laptop, but things like my PS3 and Wii CAN'T be upgraded, and I'd like to use my headphones in conjunction with those devices as well.

I noticed when I was using the headphones, my laptop would still be able to see my neighbor's Wi-Fi as possible connection options, so I figured it must be some flaw in the router. I loaded up the settings and started mucking about and seeing what happened. I updated my router's firmware, and changed the wireless channel from "11" to "6". I don't really know what a wireless channel is exactly, but hey, it worked! For whatever reason, all my devices now function as they should.

Thanks again...
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