THE reason you should never put your WiFi router in your kitchen has been revealed.
Virgin Media has warned customers that internet speeds in your home may change depending on your location.
According to the provider, the hub of many households is the worst place for your connection.
Devices such as microwave ovens can interfere with the signal.
Virgin Media said: “It’s not just electronics that interfere with your WiFi signal: metal can wreak havoc on your connection too.
“Kitchens often house heavy metal appliances (think ovens, refrigerators, and washing machines) as well as signaling electronics like microwave ovens, making them a particularly inhospitable environment for your router.”
With just over a week to go until Christmas, households will be video calling with loved ones and setting up their new gadgets.
More WiFi usage is expected on the big day than any other—and the last thing you want is a slow connection.
If you need faster speeds, Virgin recommends placing the router in the middle of your home and away from large objects.
Mirrors and aquariums are also known to interfere with the signal.
They also warned that standing near the Christmas tree can have repercussions.
Five tips for a better Internet connection this Christmas
- Don’t keep your router in a closet or behind the TV as this can block the signal
- Do not turn off your router overnight as it will not receive important updates that it needs
- Turn off your router once a month and then restart it as this will help fix problems
- Check your speed with services like Ookla. If it’s not what you pay for, call your internet service provider (ISP).
- For the fastest speeds, keep your router upright instead of lying on its side
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9926890/never-put-wifi-router-kitchen-best-spot-is/ Why you never put your WiFi router in the kitchen and where is the best place to boost your speed