Turn off microwave to boost Wi-Fi: UK's media regulator

Place your router on a shelf or table and keep it away from other wireless devices for a faster connection

Offices, factories and colleges throughout the United Kingdom have close to arrange the unfold of the coronavirus.

The advice from both Ofcom and the government centres on practical tips and advice to help people get the broadband speeds and Wi-Fi reception they need, during the national emergency.

The nationwide data marketing campaign is subsidized via govt and the telecoms business. The sudden surge in people being forced to work from home has increased the demand of broadband and mobile networks manifold.

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

"If you do need to use your mobile, try using your settings to turn on wi-fi calling", Ofcom mentioned.

And while some advice was seemingly very obvious (like downloading films in advance rather than streaming them), other bits were actually quite surprising.

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.

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

'You might also want to manage your family's online activity, so that different people aren't carrying out data-heavy tasks (like HD streaming, gaming or video calls) all at the same time'. You can circumvent this by using a landline to make phone calls, Ofcom explained. It is well known that cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors can all impact the Wi-Fi network in the home, if they're too close to the router. It also advises people to make VoIP calls using apps such as Skype, Facetime or WhatsApp.

Always lower the demand on your wifi connection by switching off devices like tablets and smartphones which often work in the background.

Working from home during coronavirus lockdown and getting slow Wi-Fi speed?

"Did you know that microwave ovens can also reduce wifi signals?" Because of this high demand, you may find you get a more reliable connection using your landline.

Ofcom is not the only organisation taking action to maximise internet speeds during 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.

Lastly, users should consult their Internet Service Provider if they are having any issues with their connection or if it is performing under its promised speeds.

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.

The spokesman told the BBC: '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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