Where to begin? Last July we moved into a new home with a fairly large living area, and the last thing I wanted to do was struggle with stringing speaker wires for the rear speakers of my home theater system. I had been looking at several Panasonic units in which, at the time, you had to purchase the unit and the rear wireless speakers separately to the tune of about $400. So I had put this on the backburner until after we made the move.

One day the wife, knowing I wanted a Panasonic wireless home theater, mentioned that she was at Wally-World (Wal-Mart) and it had a wireless unit on sale. Sure enough it had the Panasonic SC-HT640 on sale for $249 so I bought it. I hooked it up but what I couldn’t do was to get the TV to play through the home theater system, which was fine, since DVD movies played just fine and surround sound worked great. I should mention that we only watch DVD about twice a month or so.

This past Christmas my son-in-law, who owns his own home theater installation company, came for the holidays and rewired the unit and was able to get the TV to work with surround sound. That evening I went in to check my email only to find that my wireless was down. I have a D-Link D-624 router which had been working flawlessly for well over a year, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to recognize the network. If I hardwired directly into the cable modem, I was able to connect to the Net, so I figured the unit was out and ordered a new one, reconfigured it, and was back up and running. That evening the new unit lost its connection. Now I had two routers not working. Boxed up the new router and returned it, put back the old router and bang, the network came back up.

The next night, no Internet. That was it. Enough. So I went over to Circuit City and bought a Belkin router. Worked perfectly until that night. No wireless again. Then it hit me. I had started using the wireless home theater system with the TV every night since my son-in-law had set it up. Could it be the wireless signal from the home theater system was knocking out the wireless routers? Back out with the old D-Link, which started working again, then over to the home theater system. No network after turning on the wireless home theater system!

In reading the specs on the Panasonic, it uses the same 2.4GHz frequency as most wireless routers. I do recall that there were problems with some wireless phones that also use the 2.4 MHz frequency, knocking out wireless setups and now its wireless home theater systems that need to be added to the list.

Technology – you gotta love it! 🙂

[tags]wireless, router, network, D-Link, Belkin, Panasonic[/tags]