Using wireless lan near electrical spark-welding

  John-199822 15:03 17 May 04

Currently all of our company network is connected by cat5 ethernet cable.
I am considering the use of wireless lan in some areas but we do a lot of spark-welding and I am concerned that wireless lan systems may be affected by this.
Does anyone have an opinion on this ?

  Legolas 16:29 17 May 04

Have a look here click here scroll to 'Realities of wireless'.

Although it is not difinitive I would imagine that spark welding would have an effect on the wireless LAN how big an effect is anybody's guess.

  Diemmess 17:53 17 May 04

Distance (inverse square law, and all that) could be critical.

Arc welding is so common these days and more usually with a DC rather than AC voltage, that if it were a serious potential source of interference then we would have heard about it, since it has moved into the realm of every budding DIY home mechanic.

There is huge money spent these days designing out various forms of interference so that every motor, timing circuit, and pager device does not interfere with sensitive often critical devices essential to communications, switchgear and so on.

If you can try a limited version of wireless networking as a dummy and see what happens in day to day use it might prove OK.

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