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Christmas decorations might slow down your Wi-Fi

Emma Clark

Published 01/12/2015 | 11:53

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Your Christmas lights might be slowing down your Wi-Fi, according to Ofcom. Make sure you test your connection to keep things running smoothly.

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Do you decorate your Christmas tree with lights or string them around your home? If you like you Wi-Fi to be speedy, you may want to reconsider your decorating scheme.

UK communications watchdog Ofcom warns that Christmas lights can slow down your Wi-Fi speeds. Like some other electronic devices, such as baby monitors or microwaves, Christmas lights can interfere with wireless radio waves.

Ofcom has a solution, of sorts. It issued this warning while raising awareness of its new Wi-Fi Checker app. This app tests the Wi-Fi set up and, if it finds a problem, offers troubleshooting tips so users can improve their broadband connection.

So if you’re hoping to make use of your Wi-Fi over Christmas, you may want to check your Wi-Fi connection and be aware of electronic devices, even fairy lights, that can affect your connection.

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