Ofcom warns all Wi-Fi users over common ‘speed-slowing’ items – even lamps can ruin your signal

OFCOM has revealed some of the common household objects that can ruin your Wi-Fi speed.

The UK comms watchdog says lightning, speakers and even power cords can play havoc with your broadband.


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Having good internet at home is more important than ever.

But it’s surprisingly easy to make mistakes that can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal.

Ofcom has detailed some of the errors that could be stopping your Wi-Fi router from delivering its full potential.

“Halogen lamps, electrical dimmer switches, stereo or computer speakers, fairy lights, TVs and monitors and AC power cords have all been known to affect routers,” Ofcom warned.

“Keep your router as far away as possible from other electrical devices as well as those which emit wireless signals such as cordless phones, baby monitors etc.”

The height you place your router at can also have an effect.

It’s usually recommended that you don’t keep your Wi-Fi router on the floor or very low down.

Instead, try to get it off the ground.

“Try to place your router on a table or shelf rather than on the floor and keep it switched on,” Ofcom advised.

Of course that’s not the only reason your Wi-Fi may be slow.

You might be using too many Wi-Fi-hungry devices at home, or your broadband provider could be having issues.

But if your Wi-Fi speeds are consistently poor, it could be a sign that you’ve got your router set up in a bad way.

Try placing it high up in a central location within your home – and keeping it away from other electrical items.

If your signal still doesn’t improve, it could be worth upgrading your router, paying for a faster broadband subscription, or investing in Wi-Fi extenders.

You should also make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi password.

Otherwise you may find your speeds affecting by rogue neighbours piggybacking on your connection.

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