Santa’s not so into this one: Ofcom, an independent British communications regulator, published a report stating that 20 percent of poor Wi-Fi performance is related to lights and electronic devices in your home. This means while your busy baking cookies and streaming Home Alone, your favorite holiday movie could be buffering more than usual.
However, Christmas lights are only adding to the problem. Interference from other electronic devices like baby monitors, microwaves and lamps can be interfering with your Wi-Fi connection. According to Ofcom, “Wireless broadband may not be working as well as it could in nearly six million UK homes and offices. This is often caused by the Wi-Fi set-up in the house slowing down the broadband.”
Luckily, the performance of your Wi-Fi can be improved by a change of location to the router as well as the electronics in your household. CNN Money offers these tips to maximize your Wi-Fi Speed:
Restart your router: It can do a world of good to restart your router when you're having connectivity troubles. This allows it to search for a new channel that isn't being used by other devices.
Move your router away from electronic devices: "Halogen lamps, electrical dimmer switches, stereo or computer speakers [and Christmas] lights ... have all been known to cause interference to broadband routers. Keep your router as far away as possible from other electrical devices as well as those which emit wireless signals such as baby monitors."
Move your router to a central part of your home: Walls and furniture can act as obstacles to your Wi-Fi signal. Power cables running through the walls and floor can also create interference. Your best bet is to put your router on a table in the center of your home, and keep it away from other devices.
To help people analyze their Wi-Fi connections, Ofcom launched an app aimed at helping users improve their wireless connections.