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ofcom wifi checker

Ofcom has released an app that will enable users to check the quality of their Wi-Fi connection.

The Ofcom Wi-Fi Checker is available on smartphones and tablets and allows users to test the quality of their connection while offering practical steps to help them get the best from their service.

Tips the app suggests include advising users to move their router away from halogen lamps, computer speakers, TVs monitors and even AC power cords.

Ofcom also noted that because Wi-Fi can be affected by various factors, users should always test their Wi-Fi strength in different rooms within their house at various times of the day.

The release of the application comes on the back of data which suggests that broadband in nearly six million homes and offices across the UK may not be working at its highest capability.

The way a Wi-Fi system is set up inside the home is often a key factor in limiting speeds.

Interference with wireless connections may come from a microwave, baby monitor, or even a lamp.

Ofcom advises that routers should ideally be kept in a central position within the home, and placed on on a table or shelf rather than on the floor.

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