The proliferation of video calls is putting pressure on the web as night outs and office meetings have been replaced by video calls with beer shoot or out of but there is another culprit for spreading your connection, according to UK communications regulator Ofcom. Online entertainment services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix have reported that they are reducing the streaming quality of programs to try and maintain the service as demand grows.
Ofcom said in a suggestion on one of their top seven tips for improving Wi-Fi signal strength. “Don’t use the microwave when making video calls, watching HD videos, or doing any important work online.”
Clean your router: You can improve your signal from other devices, such as Wi-Fi monitors, cordless phones, lamps, stereos, and speakers. These negatively affect your signal in the same way as your microwave.
Lower demands on your connection: Whenever you watch a YouTube video or movie, don’t opt for HD streaming, it will reduce the connection to everything in your home.
Test your broadband: If your internet speed is still crawling at the speed of a snail, test your speed using an online speed test. If it doesn’t match the broadband connection you provided, you need to get in touch to see what can be done. Be careful, mind. Customer service waiting times are going to be awkward as the lockdown continues.
Use leads where possible but avoids extension cables: If you can plug your device directly into a laptop’s Ethernet cable as well as its router, you can improve your signal strength. Avoid plugging your router with an extension cable to the wall as it will weaken its functionality.
Using your landline or making Wi-Fi only calls: Landlines may seem like a myth to the smartphone generation, but wall-mounted Tiffany is coming back under the broadband crisis, providing a reliable connection even if Love Is Blind doesn’t load. If you’re stuck with your mobile, it’s like turning on “Wi-Fi calling”, which will connect your call through your broadband network, reducing the need for mobile networks.
If your internet speed continues to be uninterrupted, never be afraid. These innovative social distance moments are a great source of inspiration for some Wi-Fi-free fun.