Decorative lights can slow down wi-fi, warns watchdog Ofcom. It released an app to check uninterrupted data flow from routers to phones and tablets. It suggests users to spot the cause for wi-fi slowing down.
Ofcom’s research suggests that wi-fi in six million homes and offices is not optimal. Interference could come from other electronic devices such as baby monitors, microwaves or Christmas fairy lights.
About 83% of UK homes use super-fast broadband and 27% at speeds in excess of 30 Megabits per second (Mbps). The research found that 2.4 million UK homes in rural area, cannot get speeds of 10Mbps or more.
It also said that broadband speeds needed to increase particularly for small or medium-sized firms to access the services of 10Mbps or more. Much of the UK’s appetite for data was being driven by households that have the super-fast services, said Ofcom.