Turn off the microwave to boost wifi signals

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Ofcom chief executive Melanie Dawes said families across the country were going online together this week, often juggling work and keeping children busy at the same time.

An Openreach spokesman said: 'We're not seeing any significant issues across our broadband or phone network'.

"Right now we need people to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives", mentioned Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden.

If you're carrying out video calls or meetings, turning the video off and using audio will require much less of your internet connection; or try starting them at less common times, rather than on the hour or half-hour.

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

"So don't use the microwave when you're making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online".

Because of the high demand on mobile networks, you may get a more reliable call connection using a landline, Ofcom explained. You can also use apps like Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp to make calls voice calls over the internet.

Move the broadband router clear of other devices.

Ofcom said: 'Keep your router as far away as possible from other devices, and those which operate wirelessly.

Devices that could disrupt or weaken your connectivity include stereos, computer speakers, monitors, TVs, cordless phones, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, and baby monitors.

"Did you know that microwave ovens can also reduce wifi signals?"


The regulator also recommends using wired rather than wireless connections for essential tasks - including plugging laptops directly into the router.

The watchdog noted a number of ways in which users can lower the demand placed on their connections.

"The more devices attached to your wi-fi, the lower the speed you get", it mentioned.

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

The recommendation levels from the apparently evident, like downloading movies prematurely moderately than streaming them when any individual else is also making an attempt to make a video name, to the much less anticipated. 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.

Ofcom says the advice it has shared is created to help people manage their data use and ensure everyone in the home gets the bandwidth they need.

Where possible, try not to use a telephone extension lead, as these can cause interference which could lower your speed. Ofcom also advises householders to plug "microfilters" into every phone socket in their home.

This prompted Ofcom to publish its tips for improving broadband connections as many factors in the speed of broadband connections are in the home.

Get advice from broadband provider. But beware, ISP helplines may be tied up helping people, and could be running with a reduced workforce.

BT said within a few days of the announcement to work from home wherever possible, they saw a jump of up to 60 per cent in daytime usage.

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