It’s December and that means it’s time to dust off the Christmas decorations, hang the mistletoe, and make sure your home looks festive. However, before you start plastering garlands all over the place, it’s worth being aware of the issues these annual additions can bring to your broadband.
According to Sky engineers, Christmas decorations can cause the signal quality of your Wi-Fi router to drop significantly, so it’s wise to be careful where you place your baubles and hang your garlands. While this research was conducted by teams at Sky Broadband, the company says these issues are not specific to its hardware, but could apply to anyone, including BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, and others. popular internet providers.
When it comes to ruining the Wi-Fi signal, the biggest culprit this time of year is the Christmas tree. Whether real or man-made, these towering trees can easily prevent the router from broadcasting its important signal when placed too close to each other. Any interruption can weaken the signal, which means those upstairs or down in the kitchen might struggle to get more than one bar of Wi-Fi.
Sky says customers should always try to keep their routers as far away as possible from anything that could interfere with the signal. So, if you’re about to place your tree in front of the flashing black Wi-Fi box in the corner of the room, the advice is STOP! Change the location of your tree or relocate the router itself. Keep in mind that having a router as high as possible is a great way to boost the signal, so picking it up off the floor and placing it on a shelf may be enough to boost your Wi-Fi.
Tinsel may be pretty, but this glittery accessory is broadband’s worst enemy too. This is because it is made of shredded aluminum foil which can mirror your Wi-Fi signal and put an end to your Netflix frenzy.
Again, make sure your router or amplifiers are far enough away from the garlands on your walls to avoid any disturbance. Another tip is to use separate outlets for your lights and the internet.
If you’ve plugged in a lot of Christmas lights or decorated your front yard like a Christmas cave, move your router to another outlet or extension cord to avoid interference.
Finally, if you’ve managed to gift your kids a PS5 this year, it might be a good idea to carefully open the box, power things up early, and download any updates or games before the big day.
Some titles can be over 50 GB, which means your kids will be waiting all day to play them on Christmas Day if they aren’t pre-installed.
To illustrate the time it can take to install a game on these machines, you would wait around 1 hour and 45 minutes if you have a standard 70 Mbps connection.