Christmas Lights and Gadgets May be the Cause for Poor Wi-Fi Connections
The holiday season is here, and people will be down shopping for different stuff for their homes, be it food, new gadgets, home improvement equipment, furniture, among many others.
On this list of holiday gadgets, it will be hard to miss Christmas lights thanks to the fact that this much awaited day is just a few weeks from now. Even though these holiday lights make the house look amazingly beautiful, you may want to keep them turned off just so as to enjoy flawless Wi-Fi connections in your home.
According to a report by the British communications regulator Ofcom, about 20% of poor Wi-Fi connections or rather performance is brought about by electronic lights and gadgets in the home. In most cases of poor Wi-Fi performance, the blame has been laid on network congestion and infrastructure, however, the new report claims that this blame should be extended to other devices in the home such as baby monitors as well as home phones. This is true because these gadgets and lights also compete for frequencies, a spokesperson from Ofcom said in a statement.
The good side of the story is that a simple trick can help resolve the situation, where one just needs to tweak the location of the router or the connected devices to see a noticeable difference.
Tips for improving your home’s Wi-Fi speed during this Christmas holiday
While it might be hard to do away with the Christmas and other holiday lights as well as similar decorations, it is easier to maximize your home’s Wi-Fi speed with a few tweaks here and there.
The first thing you can do when you notice slower wireless connections is to restart the router. While it seems basic, it might have lots of positive results. Restarting it will mean the device finds a new channel of connection that is not in use by other devices. You can also simply move the router away from other electronic devices, for instance, halogen lamps, computer or stereo speakers, electrical dimmer switches as well as Christmas lights as these devices have been known to cause interference to router-based wireless connections.
Another way of taking care of this is by moving your router in a central position in your home. This is just to ensure that no obstacles such as furniture and walls are hindering Wi-Fi connections in your home. The power cables that run through these walls and floor can be of huge interference, so, better put the router on top of a table placed in the center of the home, while ensuring no electronic device is close to it.