Wi-Fi Not Working or Slower Than Usual? Check Your Microwave

Joanna Estrada
March 26, 2020

A spokesman for the online broadband website said: '[The figure] confirms no negative change to the speeds people are getting despite the change in United Kingdom working arrangements.

Offices, factories and schools across the United Kingdom have shut to manage the spread of the coronavirus.

"Reliable internet speeds will be crucial so we can work from home where possible, stay connected with our families and keep up to date with the latest health information".

But that has put drive on broadband suppliers, with BT's Openreach reporting a 20% surge in web use.

To keep speeds up, media watchdog Ofcom has compiled a list of tips to get the most from your internet.

As more people make calls with their cellular phones, mobile networks can become congested. If you are using your mobile, turn on "wifi calling" settings on your device.

A media watchdog in the United Kingdom has provided advice on how to optimise your Internet connection while working from home during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Keep your router as far away as possible from other devices, and those which operate wirelessly. United Kingdom media regulator, Ofcom, noted in an advisory that microwave ovens can reduce Wi-Fi signals, so you should turn it off while doing important work online.

Run a speed test using Ofcom's mobile and broadband checker to check what speed you're actually getting, then consider which "in-home factors" could be factors, Ofcom suggested.

"Data-heavy" tasks like HD streaming, gaming or video calls will slow down your connection, so you make sure not everybody is doing these things at once.

Try scheduling your internet use so multiple users aren't making video calls at the same time, or download video in advance rather than streaming it. And if you do have to, "use a new, high-quality cable with the shortest possible length", Ofcom advised, as tangled and coiled cables can also affect speeds.

Disconnect tablets and smartphones from the wifi when you're not using them.

Ofcom isn't the most effective organisation taking motion to maximise web speeds all the way through the lockdown.

Streaming platforms including Facebook, Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube have already reduced the quality of videos in an attempt to ease the strain on internet service providers.

"I urge everyone to read Ofcom's helpful tips and advice to ensure they get the most out of their broadband and mobile internet connections during these unprecedented times", said Dowden.

Openreach, which maintains the phone cables and cupboards throughout the nation utilized by maximum broadband suppliers, stated that - regardless of the leap - utilization continues to be less than the same old peaks it stories in the night.

But as Ofcom says, some of the problems could be within our homes - we can all play our part in helping to manage how we use our broadband, home phones and mobiles.

"We've seen a circa 20% increase in daytime usage over our fibre network, but that's in line with what we expected and not as high as the usage levels we see during evening peak times".

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