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Your Christmas Lights May be Messing with your Wi-Fi

It’s that time of year again when we all get a bit silly when it comes to decorations. We’ve all likely climbed into the no-man’s-land that is the attic and have dusted off that massive box of decorations, but before you go slapping flashing lights everywhere, consider this: is having a flashy house more important than your Wi-Fi?

Tough question, right? But if you want the flashiest house on the street you may have to sacrifice your Wi-Fi signal because a new report suggests that your obnoxious decorations could be interfering with your Wi-Fi.

Everyone’s favourite telecoms watchdog here in the UK, OfCom, is reporting that around this time each year, the company receives more than the usual amount of complaints about crappy Internet performance. It’s apparently a seasonal issue with Internet Service Providers receiving a spike in complaints during December – usually around the time the Christmas decs are dusted off and untangled.

Of course, electrical interference has always been an issue with Wi-Fi, something the Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering is hoping to solve with Wi-FM, so it comes as no surprise that our yearly light show is the biggest culprit for interference in December.

Along with the warning, however, OfCom has released their own app to help with problems. This Wi-Fi Checker app scans your Wi-Fi for any possible problems and offers solutions, though said solutions are very generic such as; moving your router, and avoiding any electrical interference nearby.

Though ideally, you should stick your lights away from your router, I mean, Christmas is stressful enough as it is without having terrible Wi-Fi, right?

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