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    Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    Whenever I turn my PS3 controller on, the wifi provided by my router (Netgear Rangemax DG834PN) to my laptop or PS3 instantly becomes useless. It will almost not work. If I turn the PS3 controller off the wifi is instantly fine.

    There is obviously interference. but how? Wifi is wifi, and PS3 controller uses bluetooth... obviously they're on similar frequencies?

    I've tried every channel (1-13 on my router) and still have exactly the same problem.

    has anyone else had this problem? any ideas on how to fix it? I've had the PS3 18 months (but haven't used it for the last 6 months)... but it's taken me a long time to work out what's been causing this. I've always had this problem.

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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    802.11g wireless networks and bluetooth all operate in the 2.4GHz range so there is the potential for interference.

    What's the physical distance between the router and PS3? Bluetooth is relatively low power and low range in comparison to 802.11g so can you move the router further away from the PS3?

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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    Quote Originally Posted by burble View Post
    802.11g wireless networks and bluetooth all operate in the 2.4GHz range so there is the potential for interference.

    What's the physical distance between the router and PS3? Bluetooth is relatively low power and low range in comparison to 802.11g so can you move the router further away from the PS3?
    True, sounds like a knackered BT chip in the controller - BT is very, very low power compared to WiFI and uses channel hopping to minimise interference from/to other 2.4GHz devices. Can you borrow a friend's controller to see if that works okay?

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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    Might be worth giving the controller a reset, flip it over and theres a iclke reset button in a recess

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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    Quote Originally Posted by MaddAussie View Post
    Might be worth giving the controller a reset, flip it over and theres a iclke reset button in a recess
    PS3 controller don't have a reset button...

    Both of my controllers give exactly the same issue.

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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    Quote Originally Posted by burble View Post
    802.11g wireless networks and bluetooth all operate in the 2.4GHz range so there is the potential for interference.

    What's the physical distance between the router and PS3? Bluetooth is relatively low power and low range in comparison to 802.11g so can you move the router further away from the PS3?
    they are currently very close, but even when they are half way across the house I still have exactly the same problem.

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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    From what I remember the PS3 controller is a class 2 bluetooth device so it'll only be kicking out a maximum of 2.5mW compared to 50mW that EMEA spec 802.11g is allowed to kick out so that shouldn't be happening.

    Can you borrow a PS3 controller from a friend and see if you still have the problem?

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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    maybe its not the controller, but the ps3?
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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    Quote Originally Posted by dshepsman View Post
    maybe its not the controller, but the ps3?
    Shouldn't be, don't forget the PS3 has WiFi and Bluetooth built in, and its fine for the majority of people. Can you try a different controller?

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    Re: Netgear DG834PN and PS3 controller interference

    It may be the router at fault, do a goggle search on 'wireless ps3 interference' and it seems people are pointing their fingers at the DG834PN.

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