Fairy lights can ruin your connection…and other WiFi tips you need to know this Christmas

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  • Check your WiFi is running high before Christmas guests arrive

    Imagine no internet connection to Instagram your Turkey, no Facebook to wish long-lost family members a Merry Christmas and no Snapchat to send a festive selfie.

    It doesn’t bear thinking about!

    For homes across the world this is often the devastating case on Christmas Day when fairy lights, friends and family sap your Wi-Fi dry.

    But fear no longer, Ofcom has developed an app to test your Apple and Android mobiles and tablets and determine whether your broadband is performing as well as it should be.

    Lots of things can impact your connection – the time of day, the number of guests with the special password and the distance you are from the little box, but at Christmas these problems can be heightened.

    Electrical devices, powerful sound systems, Smart TVs and baby monitors are the biggest culprits for interfering with your wi-fi connection and you aren’t alone – over 6,000,000 of us are slowed down by these devilish devices.

    So how does the clever app work? Simply connect to your home Wi-Fi, download the free app, open it up and allow it to do its thing. Within seconds you will know whether you are getting the most from your Wi-Fi.

    Better yet, if there is a problem, the app will suggest ways to fix it in time for your bus load of Christmas guests.

    Some nifty tips from Ofcom try if you have troublesome WiFi:

    1. Move your router away from electrical devices: Halogen lamps, electrical dimmer switches, stereo or computer speakers, fairy lights, TVs and monitors and AC power cords have all been known to cause interference to broadband routers.

    2. Keep your router as far away as possible from other electrical devices as well as those which emit wireless signals such as baby monitors etc.

    3. Move your router to a different part of your home: The walls and furniture in your house act as an obstacle to the Wi-Fi radio frequencies. Ideally routers should be kept centrally within the home and placed on a table or shelf rather than on the floor

    4. Try restarting your wireless router: This may automatically select a less busy Wi-Fi radio frequency.

    5. Use an Ethernet cable to connect directly to your router: An Ethernet cable is a computer networking cable which should give you a faster, more reliable connection.

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