I have had no end of problems with my household WiFi. Every few days I have had to reset the router. WiFi speed is either good, or non existent, varying between the two constantly. Connections to iPads and phones etc drop continually, people cannot stream, messages don’t get through and so on. For a long time I’ve always assumed it to be interference from neighbours signals, despite living in a detached house, so I’ve gone through changing channels every so often. I’ve never found a solution. However while on the phone to my isp (Plusnet) venting anger as usual, the tech support guy asked me to describe where the router was and what was next to it. As usual, I said I’ve put my DECT phone over a metre away, I’ve put all other electronics in the area as far away as possible. And so on. Finally I said, the only thing connected nearby that’s another wireless device is my Sonos Bridge. The WiFi is on channel 11, sonos on ch 1. He asked if I could make do without the bridge for a couple of days, just to see. Not thinking this would achieve anything, I switched it off. There was a dramatic and immediate improvement. We have not had any issues with the WiFi since.
So what’s going on? I thought the bridge was supposed to be connected to the router and could work independently of the household WiFi building a discrete and separate mesh network alongside? Have the two been fighting each other for years?
I have since provided my PlayBar in the lounge with a wired connection (this is over 10m away from the router) and the system seems to have reconfigured itself and it working well as far as I can tell.
Any advice? Should I just junk the Bridge now that the system is stable? What’s the point of it?