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    Simple solution for intermittend WiFi disconnect of Squeezbox Radio

    After sooo many years - found a simple solution!!!

    Have been using SqBx for more than 10 years or so.
    Mainly as an internet radio - SqBx connected to WiFi box of my telecom provider.
    Nothing special.
    Since 2, 3,4 years WiFi connection cutting out in an unpredictable manner.
    Well known problem.
    WiFi broadcasts next door....

    Restart SqBx to regain connection.
    5 to 10 times a day.
    Pain in the ......

    Looking around on the internet, the forums, etc.
    Spend hours, days to look for a solution that does not involve Linux, server software, etc.

    Finally found a SIMPLE remedy.
    (OK - estetically it is not ideal - but it works)
    Cover the top, the back and the 2 sides of the SqBx with alu foil.
    Only the front is free.
    That way one creates a Faraday case around the SqBx.
    Shields the SqBx from interference by other WiFi boxes next door and accross the street.
    It works! Really.
    Signal is OK (max).

    Since yesterday evening my SqBx has been running non stop.
    Now for 24 hours - no WiFi drops, nothing....
    Just like old times!

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    Follow Up - after 58 hours

    Still going strong.
    No more WiFi drop outs or disconnects.

    Next step : find the area that has to be shielded.
    Top? Left side? etc.
    Does anybody know where the antenna is located on the inside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gie View Post
    Does anybody know where the antenna is located on the inside?
    I think... as viewed from the front, right hand side, above the headset socket - looks to be the other side of the circuit board to the three right hand side preset buttons.

    Further thoughts on this,

    I would have thought it is possible to fit the shield inside the case.
    I wonder if it's the aerial that needs shielding from the interference or the wifi chip/circuitry
    I wonder if a different aerial type would also improve matters (current one looks to be just a strip of metal soldered onto the pcb).

    Kev
    Last edited by KeBul; 2021-06-09 at 15:40.

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    I suspect that works because that's the primary direction of the interference.

    I experience dropouts when I place the Radio on top of my fridge and use the microwave. It sits about 3 ft away. Never had to actually restart the Radio, but it does usually require pressing 'Play'.

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    Right hand side needs to be insulated

    Today I removed the alu foil from the right hand side.
    Wi-Fi loss as before.
    Tomorrow: cover right hand side and right hand side top and see what happens.

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    Result next iteration - cover only right hand side, half top, half back right

    Alu foil covers area 1/2 of top, 1/2 of back and 100% of the side next to screen.
    Doesn't work.
    Wi-Fi loss and restart 3x in +/- 24h.

    Next step
    Cover right hand side and top completely.
    Leave back uncovered.
    See what this does.


    By the way - how to open a SqBx?
    Take off front panel? How?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gie View Post
    Does anybody know where the antenna is located on the inside?
    https://fccid.io/JNZXR0001/Internal-...Photos-1156865

    Quote Originally Posted by Gie View Post
    By the way - how to open a SqBx?
    https://radio.slimdevices.narkive.co...box-radio-case
    Last edited by Apesbrain; 2021-06-10 at 10:04.

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    Partial insulation doesn't work Back to full cover Thanks for pics!

    Partial insulation with alu foil doesn't work.
    So back to a full alu cover: top, the 2 sides and the back.


    Now that I know how to open a SqBx - would it be possible to connect an external arial to the small arial inside?

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