Christmas Lights Hate Wi-Fi


A report reveals that lights and electrical devices can slow down your Wi-Fi connection. Few simple tips will help you improve Wi-Fi performance

If you are experiencing a slowness in Wi-Fi, then the first thing that you do is turning off your Christmas lights, which could be a reason for a poor Wi-Fi performance.

Ofcom, which is British’s communications regulator, states in a report that electronic gadgets such home phones and baby monitors, as well as Christmas lights can slow down broadband Internet. These can disturb Wi-Fi signals.

According to the report, about 20% of poor Wi-Fi performance is due to home lights, while the majority of slowness is caused by network and infrastructure issues. microwave oven, baby monitor, a lamp – or even Christmas fairy lights.

An Ofcom spokesperson says that electronic gadgets can make a Wi-Fi connection slow because they compete for frequencies.

In order to improve Wi-Fi performance, you can make a few simple changes, which will be discussed below, to the location of the router and other devices.

In addition, Ofcom lunched a new simple app to check the performance of in-home Wi-Fi.

The app, Ofcom Wi-Fi Checker, can be downloaded for smartphones and tablets by both consumers and businesses. It allows users to discover the quality of their wireless internet signal. Further, the app offers practical steps to help people get the best from their connection.

Below are few troubleshooting tips to help improve broadband.

1- Electrical devices – Halogen lamps, electrical dimmer switches, stereo or computer speakers, fairy lights, TVs and monitors and AC power cords – can cause interference to broadband routers. So move your router away from these devices.

2- It is better to move your router to a different part of your home. It should be should be kept centrally within the home and placed on a table or shelf rather than on the floor.

3- Restart your wireless router, which may automatically select a less busy Wi-Fi radio frequency.

4- Using an Ethernet cable to connect directly to your router is the best way to get a faster and stable internet connection.

Moreover, Ofcom recommends people download Wi-Fi Checker app, and try running it in different rooms and at the times of day when you’re most likely to use the internet because Wi-Fi performance can be affected by lots of things.

The Wi-Fi Checker app can be downloaded from Google Play Store and Apple App Store for smartphones and tablets.

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