Don't use the microwave; top tips for speedy broadband

Alonzo Simpson
March 27, 2020

A new report has just publicized an interesting correlation regarding a common household appliance and the strength of the Wi-Fi signals at homes.

Because of the high demand on mobile networks, you may get a more reliable call connection using a landline, Ofcom explained. In once case, the radio waves are used for cooking food, and in the other, they are carrying data.

So here's its list of top tips for getting more speed from your home broadband and Wi-Fi network.

Additionally, users can make voice calls over the Internet via apps like Skype or Facetime.

Notably, Ofcom recommended to not turn on your microwave while you are making calls or streaming video as these use waves operating on the same 2.4GHz frequency that most routers use. Work from home routine is being followed globally, which has meant an even bigger reliance on the home broadband and mobile networks, than before. Also, place your router on a table or shelf rather than on the floor, and keep it switched on.

In order to experience best broadband speeds, connect your computer directly to your router using an Ethernet cable rather than using wifi. Also keep it far away from microwave oven bcause it can also reduce wifi signals.

Devices that can interfere with router signals include: cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors.

Ofcom's advice ranges from the seemingly obvious, like downloading films in advance rather than streaming them when someone else may be trying to make a video call, to the less expected.

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With almost the entire world staying home due to the coronavirus outbreak, authorities across the world are now giving tips to citizens on how to improve the quality of their network connections, especially as many are currently working from home.

Ofcom published tips which focused on reducing strain on mobile networks and optimising the physical layout of your Internet connection to ensure your connection is reliable.

More people are making calls on their mobile network during the day. It should be plugged directly into your main phone socket, ideally without using an extension lead, as this can affect speeds. If you are one of the consumers that are no longer getting patient with that never-ending reload speed, here comes a hack for you!

The regulator also suggests disconnecting devices that are not in use.

"Devices like tablets and smartphones often work in the background, so try switching wi-fi reception off on these when you're not using them".

Test the broadband line speed. For best results run the tests over a few days and at different times of day.

If your connection isn't working as well as it should, you can find advice on your broadband provider's website - which is also available on mobile phones.

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