Media regulator, Ofcom, gives advice to help improve internet speeds:
Other tips include:
- Position your internet router as far as possible from other devices that may interfere with the signal, such as on a table or shelf rather than the floor
- Microwave ovens can reduce wi-fi signal – avoid using whilst on video conference calls or streaming HD programmes
- Keep your router switched on
- If you’re carrying out video calls or meetings, turning the video off and using audio will require much less of your internet connection
- Try starting those calls at less common times, rather than on the hour or half hour
- For the best broadband speeds, use an ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to your router rather than using wi-fi
- Where possible, try not to use a telephone extension lead, as these can cause interference which could lower your speed.
Devices that can interfere with router signals include: cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors.
Ofcom also advised making calls on a landline where possible, citing an increase in the demand on mobile networks.
“If you do need to use your mobile, try using your settings to turn on wi-fi calling,” Ofcom said.
“Similarly, you can make voice calls over the internet using apps like Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp.”
The regulator also suggested disconnecting devices that were not in use.
“The more devices attached to your wi-fi, the lower the speed you get,” it said.
“Devices like tablets and smartphones often work in the background, so try switching wi-fi reception off on these when you’re not using them.”