Five myths about your broken WiFi — including why turning off your router at night is a BAD idea

THERE are so many ways things can go wrong with your wireless network—and sometimes you unintentionally make things worse.

A poll by zen internet has found that people try all sorts of weird and wonderful ideas to strengthen their connection, but not all of them are effective.

Nobody wants to see the dreaded buffering...


Nobody wants to see the dreaded buffering…Credit: Alamy

Here are some popular myths busted.

Place devices next to a router to make them work better

Almost a quarter of people think this is necessary to get the best results, but they are wasting their time.

Modern routers are able to provide sufficient connectivity for devices spread throughout a home.

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It is better to position your router as centrally as possible to ensure even coverage.

Also, don’t keep it in an isolated space like a closet.

Turning off your router at night will make it work better

No, turning off your router at night will not improve performance.

In fact, experts say you could actually jam the signal.

Your broadband router can stay on 24/7 without using too much power.

It takes over a month to switch broadband

It’s good to switch providers every once in a while, whether it’s to get better performance or because you’ve seen a good deal.

But nearly one in six (16%) say they avoid switching due to internet outages caused by the switch.

Some believe it will take a month or more for the switch to take effect.

However, it’s possible to switch providers in two weeks or less without losing connectivity during the transition – it’s worth talking to your new and existing provider about.

Your neighbors’ WiFi cannot interfere with your WiFi

Signals are everywhere these days and your neighbors’ WiFi could actually be affecting yours.

This is because you may be using the same channel and the frequency bands may overlap.

This is especially the case in a block of flats where you’re more likely to be close by.

Fridges don’t interfere with your WiFi

Almost any electronic device can interfere with your WiFi connection, not just refrigerators.

Positioning the router too close can cause WiFi connections to be drowned out.

Follow the tips to get the best WiFi connection possible


Follow the tips to get the best WiFi connection possibleCredit: Alamy
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