The number of connected devices given as presents is set to place added pressure on the broadband systems of households up and down the country on Christmas Day, a recent report has warned.
Research from Cable.co.uk claims the large number of devices, combined with increased streaming of video content and the sending of data, means Christmas Day may paralyse a number of household networks.
The survey of 2,000 UK householders found that 54% of homes will permanently add at least one internet-enabled device to their home network on December 25th 2015.
Another 5% will add five or more, but just 43% of consumers have upgraded their broadband speed over the past year.
Additionally, a further four in five expect at least one guest to bring an internet-enabled device into their household over Christmas, of which 79% expected them to ask for the Wi-Fi password rather than use 3G or 4G data services.
Cable.co.uk consumer broadband expert Dan Howdle said consumers should consider their usage and update their package accordingly in order to prevent any negative impact on the performance of their network.
He told Computer Weekly: “Believe it or not, providers don't solely spend vast fortunes increasing available broadband speeds just to tempt you into a more expensive tariff.
“Increasingly, speedy broadband deals are simply a requirement of the number of devices that need an internet connection per household – a number that’s increasing at such a rate of knots, most households simply can’t keep up.”