'Don't use the microwave': 7 ways to speed up the internet at home

‘Don’t use the microwave’: 7 ways to speed up the internet at home

As the coronavirus outbreak forces millions of people to work from home, ensuring that the internet at home is fast enough has become paramount.

Internet traffic during the outbreak increased so much that big tech companies like YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon lowered the quality of their video streams to reduce bandwidth usage.

British media regulator Ofcom on Tuesday released a list of tips and tricks to help people ensure the fastest internet connection possible while working remotely. Here are seven things you can do to make sure the internet is running at full speed:

1. For reliable calls, avoid using data as much as possible.

With everyone locked at home, far more people are making calls using data throughout the day. Ofcom recommends using a landline phone (if you have one) or sticking to WiFi to make reliable calls on services like Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp.

2. Move your WiFi router away from other devices.

According to Ofcom: “Cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmers, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors can affect WiFi if they are too close to the router.”

3. Do not keep the router on the floor.

Ofcom recommends keeping the router on a shelf or table.

4. Do not use the microwave.

Microwave ovens can affect your Wi-Fi speed when running because they run on the same frequency, so turning off your microwave when you are about to do something important online, like making a call, could prevent interruption.

5. Disconnect devices from WiFi when not in use.

Ofcom notes that devices such as tablets and smartphones can make a request on your WiFi even when they are running in the background. Turning off or disconnecting these devices from WiFi could free up bandwidth.

6. Use an Ethernet cable.

Ethernet cables offer faster internet speeds than WiFi.

7. Plug the router into the main telephone socket

When connecting to the telephone socket, it is best not to use a telephone extension cable, as this can slow down the speed. If you need to use a telephone cable, use the newest and shortest cable possible

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