Seemingly innocent household items are among the worst culprits for causing Wi-Fi interference in homes, a leading broadband provider has claimed.
Virgin Media said items such as cordless phones, baby monitors, microwaves and fish tanks can impact upon the quality of wireless broadband in the home.
As such, the service provider is urging Wi-Fi users to avoid other electrical devices which could affect their signal, especially those which send out a signal using radio waves on the 2.4GHz band.
"Your wireless hub or router transmits signals on a particular channel. If another nearby wireless device (even your neighbour's wireless router) is transmitting on the same channel, the two devices could be having a showdown for airwave space," the firm noted.
"Try changing the channel on your wireless router to avoid congestion."
Virgin Media has offered a number of other tips for maximising signal strength, including leaving space around the wireless router.
This helps to spread its signal far and wide, ensuring a stronger connection, the firm noted.
Users have also been urged to keep routers off the floor on high,uncluttered places such as windowsills.
Virgin Media said people must also be persistent - trying a number of locations for the router until they find the one that works best for Wi-Fi.
Alex Brown, Virgin Media’s Head of Broadband Product Experience, said his firm is concerned that consumers do not fall prey to unnecessary signal sabotage, and can always get the most out of their broadband connections.
“The good news is there are some easy steps people can take to thwart items responsible for Wi-Fi interference," he stated.
Mr Brown said the provider is doing its bit by developing a next-generation Super Hub powered by the latest in concurrent dual-band technology.
This will enable simultaneous access to both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz spectrum bands, he explained.
"Ideal for households who regularly connect three or more gadgets to the internet at the same time, the new Super Hub will enable a better signal for faster speeds and ensure customers continue to enjoy the best broadband experience in town," Mr Brown claimed.