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Photo credit: Jeffrey Coolidge - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeffrey Coolidge – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

  • A TV in Wales took down the local internet, making it a lesson about interference.

  • Shielded cabling and other tech helps protect signals, but this interference is unpredictable.

  • The ISP worked for months to figure out what regularly took down this network.

An embarrassed villager in Aberhosan, Wales, has learned their old TV has been messing up the entire village broadband connection. The cause—discovered by an engineering team from Openreach—is a burst of electrical activity called SHINE: single high-level impulse noise.

Older TVs, likely limited to only CRTs and prior unless something’s wrong with your wiring, experience an intense concentration of energy when you first power them on—you’d notice more resistance and an indescribable noise when you powered on these TVs. This, it seems, is what has plagued one ISP for months every morning around 7 a.m. Here’s how the

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