Kenneth Burns wrote:I've had nothing but trouble trying to stream video over my wireless LAN. Theoretically it should work, but it doesn't. So I just ran Cat 5 on the floor here in our rental house. The WAF is stable.
The overwhelming majority of wifi gear that's in use in the wild is all sharing the 2.4ghz spectrum. In addition to sharing that spectrum with other wifi devices, that airspace is shared with bluetooth devices, baby monitors, wireless cameras and even microwaves. (Although you'd generally hope that those didn't leave the cozy confines of the oven.)
Compounding that issue, pretty much every router manufacturer on the planet defaults to channel 6. Oftentimes, checking with something like Meraki's Wifi Stumbler
(Java required) and finding the most sparsely occupied channel in your surroundings is all that's needed to resolve many intermittent wifi issues.
The other option is to try and move your wifi traffic up to 5Ghz, which is pretty much unused by all but a small fraction of wifi users. The downside is that this winds up being more expensive than just carefully stringing some etherhose down the hallway.