Turn off the microwave to boost wifi, says UK's media regulator

Avoid using microwave to get faster internet – Ofcom

'Avoid using the microwave to get faster internet'

"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".

"We're not seeing any significant issues across our broadband or phone network", an Openreach spokesman mentioned. So don't use the microwave when you're making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online.

United Kingdom media watchdog Ofcom published a blog post with seven tips to "stay connected during the coronavirus", recommending people to use landline or Wi-Fi calls when possible to avoid cellular congestion, move the router clear of other devices, and stick with wired rather than wireless.

The regulator also suggested disconnecting devices that were not in use.

Keep it away from devices such as cordless phones, stereos, halogen lamps, TVs and dimmer switches, Ofcom advises, in order to get the best possible connection, and put it on a table or shelf rather than the floor.

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. 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.

The company says the network can cope and even though there has been a surge in use, it's still lower than the usual evening peaks.

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.

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.

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.

"So we're encouraging people to read our advice on getting the most from their broadband, home phones and mobiles - and to share it with friends, families and colleagues, to help them stay connected too", she said. They're available from as little as £3. If you have to use an extension lead, use a new, high-quality cable with the shortest possible length.

Ditch "microfilters", which split the phone and broadband signals so that they don't affect each other, as these can also slow down your connection.

With millions of people working from home, media watchdog Ofcom has some tips to boost internet speed. You can run a speed test using Ofcom's official mobile and broadband checker. A number of in-home factors can affect wifi speeds, so look on your provider's website for guidance on improving your signal around the home, ' Ofcom wrote. And finally if a connection is not working as well as it should, people can find advice on their broadband provider's website. However, consumers should be aware that due to the COVID-19 crisis, most companies now have "many fewer people" to help with queries, Ofcom warned. Most are prioritising vulnerable customers and essential public services, so take this into consideration.

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