How to speed up the web when working from home

Avoid using microwave to get faster internet – Ofcom

Avoid using microwave to get faster internet – Ofcom

A spokesman for the online broadband website said: '[The figure] confirms no negative change to the speeds people are getting despite the change in United Kingdom working arrangements.

Offices, factories and colleges throughout the United Kingdom have close to arrange the unfold of the coronavirus.

There has been a spike in internet use as people work from home, children are home from school and others battle isolation by streaming TV shows and movies.

To keep speeds up, media watchdog Ofcom has compiled a list of tips to get the most from your internet.

The national information campaign is backed by government and the telecoms industry. Work from home routine is being followed globally, which has meant an even bigger reliance on the home broadband and mobile networks, than before. If you do need to use your mobile, try using your settings to turn on "wifi calling".

And while some advice was seemingly very obvious (like downloading films in advance rather than streaming them), other bits were actually quite surprising.

Using your microwave can reduce Wi-Fi signals, United Kingdom telecoms regulator Ofcom said Tuesday in a set of tips on how to keep your home connected.

Ofcom said landline or internet calls could offer a more reliable connection than mobile calls during the day because of the increased traffic on wireless networks.

Keep it away from devices such as cordless phones, stereos, halogen lamps, TVs and dimmer switches, Ofcom advises, in order to get the best possible connection, and put it on a table or shelf rather than the floor. Wired connectivity is mostly always better than wireless, is the message from the regulator.

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The watchdog said that microwave ovens can cause interference to WiFi signals, and advised people not to use their microwaves "when you're making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online".

Additionally, users can make voice calls over the Internet via apps like Skype or Facetime.

If someone must use the microwave when you're online, you can take some steps to reduce the interference. It says people should try switching Wi-FI reception off on these devices when they are not being used.

Ofcom isn't the simplest organisation taking motion to maximise web speeds right through the lockdown.

Streaming platforms including Facebook, Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube have already reduced the quality of videos in an attempt to ease the strain on internet service providers.

Openreach, which maintains the phone cables and cupboards throughout the nation utilized by maximum broadband suppliers, mentioned that - regardless of the soar - utilization continues to be not up to the standard peaks it reviews in the night.

"So we're encouraging people to read our advice on getting the most from their broadband, home phones and mobiles - and to share it with friends, families and colleagues, to help them stay connected too".

"We've seen a circa 20% increase in daytime usage over our fibre network, but that's in line with what we expected and not as high as the usage levels we see during evening peak times".

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