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Friday, December 4, 2015

Your Christmas lights could be killing your Wi-Fi

Your Christmas lights could be killing your Wi-Fi

Santa’s not so into this one: A recent report stated that 20 
percent of poor Wi-Fi performance is related to lights and 
electronic devices in your home. This means while your 
busy baking cookies and streaming Home Alone, your
 favorite holiday movie could be buffering more than usual.

How do lights affect a WiFi network? Apparently the
 wiring in the lights can add to the radio frequency
 interference in your home, which in turn could confound 
the signals from your router. Lights aren't the only culprit,
 however — the same is true of many other devices. 
Microwaves, older Bluetooth devices, baby monitors and
 cordless phones all get a mention in a Cisco white paper
 outlining common reasons for WiFi interference. Many
 Internet providers see complaints spike around the holidays,
 since networks can get congested when you're all gathered 
for a family meal — but lights may be a contributing factor.

That doesn't mean there's any need to be less festive than
 you normally are. A string of lights won't crash your network.
 But having more things, such as lights, plugged into 
your outlets could contribute to some WiFi slowdown, and
 more ostentatious displays could certainly add to interference
 that's already in your home. 

Restart your router: It can do a world of good to restart your
 router when you’re having connectivity troubles. This allows
 it to search for a new channel that isn’t being used by other

Move your router away from electronic devices: “Halogen 
lamps, electrical dimmer switches, stereo or computer
 speakers [and Christmas] lights have all been known to cause
 interference to broadband routers. Keep your router as far
 away as possible from other electrical devices as well as 
those which emit wireless signals such as baby monitors.”

Move your router to a central part of your home: Walls and
 furniture can act as obstacles to your Wi-Fi signal. Power
 cables running through the walls and floor can also create
 interference. Your best bet is to put your router on a table
 in the center of your home, and keep it away from other devices. 

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