Coronavirus: 'Avoid using microwave to get faster internet'

Yolanda Curtis
March 26, 2020

All those video calls are getting hampered because the internet speed at your home isn't fast enough.

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

This has put pressure on broadband providers, with BT's Openreach reporting a 20% surge in internet use.

United Kingdom telco regulator Ofcom has released a bunch of tips aimed at helping us get the most from our home Wi-Fi networks. Some smartphones and mobile packages allow your phone to make calls over your broadband network, which often provides the best sound quality and also helps reduce demand on the mobile network.

"Right now we need people to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives", mentioned Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden.

Ofcom also called on United Kingdom users to make calls on their landline or Wi-Fi connection to relieve pressure on mobile phone networks.


The recommendation levels from the apparently obtrusive, like downloading movies prematurely quite than streaming them when anyone else is also making an attempt to make a video name, to the much less anticipated.

The communications regulator Ofcom has offered up some practical advice for people self-isolating during the Coronavirus pandemic, with its 'Stay Connected' campaign.

For the best internet speed while working from home during the coronavirus lockdown you should avoid using the microwave, according to Ofcom.

Ofcom said: 'Keep your router as far away as possible from other devices, and those which operate wirelessly.

Their advice also includes reducing demand on the connection such as turning off wireless devices you're not using - such as iPads and TVs as they still place demand on your connection - even when not being actively used.

The regulator also suggested disconnecting devices that were not in use.


"Did you know that microwave ovens can also reduce wifi signals?"

Additionally, users can make voice calls over the Internet via apps like Skype or Facetime. Cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors can all affect your wifi if they're too close to your router.

'You might also want to manage your family's online activity, so that different people aren't carrying out data-heavy tasks (like HD streaming, gaming or video calls) all at the same time'.

Ofcom is not the only organisation taking action to maximise internet speeds during the lockdown.

It comes as major streaming platforms including Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook and Disney have lowered the quality of their video content to ease bandwidth concerns expressed by some European Union officials.

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.


But as Ofcom says, some of the problems could be within our homes - we can all play our part in helping to manage how we use our broadband, home phones and mobiles.

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