For the last 3 days I’ve had serious problems receiving Freeview. Until now I’ve had no problems, but as we’d had some very strong winds locally, I thought a likely candidate was the aerial being knocked off alignment. I carried out various other checks of cables, amplifiers etc. and couldn’t find any issues, and consequently decided to investigate issues with the aerial. I have a large high gain aerial spare, and as I’m currently in rented accommodation I decided to try my aerial in the attic space, rather than attempting to get onto the roof of the house. I lugged my aerial up, and thanks to a combination of aerialsandtv, google earth, and megalithia terrain was able to line up on the nearest major transmitter — Emley Moor. I connected the aerial directly to the TV card in my TV server and used my laptop to check that everything was fixed. It wasn’t!
I unplugged the Fonera and connected up the powered splitter. Having done this I turned back, and noticed that the laptop was suddenly displaying a flawless stream! Problem solved, but how? The obvious test was to plug the Fonera back in, which I did. Freeview was once more a serious of coughs and hiccups. So, the Fonera was breaking the TV reception. Now this is interesting because Freeview is broadcast in the licensed 400MHz — 700MHz range, whereas the Fonera is supposed to operate in the unlicensed 2.4GHz frequency range. I experimented with my normal wireless router but have been unable to get it to interfere with the TV signal at all, as expected. So, the Fonera appears to have a serious fault. I will be RMAing it over the weekend. If you’re having Freeview reception issues make sure you check other devices are sources of interference — even if those other devices shouldn’t be operating anywhere near the Freeview frequencies. Cordless phones, microwaves, Bluetooth devices or various other household electronics could be at fault.
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