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LG’s 5K UltraFine display doesn’t work around routers

Apple opted out of making their displays for their new line of MacBook’s. Instead, LG partnered with the company to produce a line of UltraFine 5K displays that were specifically designed to work with the new MacBook Pros. The replacement for Thunderbolt Displays isn’t designed to operate near a router. According to 9to5Mac, when a router is placed near one of the LG 5K displays you’ll see flickering, freezing of the screen, and in some cases, the monitor will disconnect from the MacBook.

CLE Tech first reported on Twitter his displays wasn’t working near a router. I discounted the claim as a faulty screen or user error. Oh was I wrong, and did I miss a scoop! Other users have come out and started reporting issues with routers and the display.

LG UltraFine 5K Display Router Problem Comment

Don’t put a router in the same room as an LG 5K display

LG acknowledges the router issues but discounts them as a non-problem. The flickering and monitor problems pop up when a router is placed within  6.6-feet of a router. In a small apartment or otherwise already defined office space; this becomes a huge pain.

Despite the fact having a router disrupt the displays standard functions, LG isn’t working on a fix for the oddball issue. Some commentators have pointed out what other devices could disrupt the 5K display?

Tell us in the comments below if you’ve faced issues with your LG UltraFine 5K display or if you’ve decided against ordering one after this “display-gate.”


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