Tuesday 20 March 2018

Christmas decorations might slow down your Wi-Fi


Emma Clark

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

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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